Orwell's Predictions

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In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, citizens of Oceania are constantly watched and controlled by various types of technology such as telescreens, cameras, 'thought police' etc. Through these technologies, the government, also known as Big Brother, was able to keep control over the population. This novel was published in the 1940s when technology wasn't invented, as a result, Orwell's ideas of technology were way ahead of him. In modern time, our technology keeps developing and we have no idea of predicting how it's going to affect us in the near future. As shown in the novel, Orwell has presented to us of how dangerous technology could be and all his predictions may be correct for the future.

As stated above, Orwell's ideas regarding technology or the government was way behind his own time. In 1949, when the novel was published, the idea of technology was still further away from what we have now.

As a matter of fact, computers and cameras were only introduced between 1960s - 1980s. The amount of technology used in this novel by the government is actually more advanced to the point where it keeps the citizens under constant control. Throughout the novel, Orwell clearly describes how developed and powerful technology has advanced up to. For example, he states "It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within a range of telescreens…" (Orwell, 65). The government's control strategies and technology has advanced so far that even a small move can get the population in trouble. Orwell had no idea of these advanced technology that has been developed now. We have technology advancing more and more everyday where we have no idea of what is coming next.

In his novel, Orwell has made the prediction...