The book, “Nineteen Eighty Four” is the story of one seemingly insignificant man, Winston Smith, a civil servant bureaucrat assigned the task of perpetuating the regime's propaganda by falsifying records and political literature. The novel is a famous study for its portrayal of pervasive government surveillance and control of the population.
It is the warning to the readers’ of the potential government's increasing encroachment on the rights of the individual.
It puts forth the study of how your neighbors, family members, and friends can come to the point that they will spy, report and turn on you. They were even apathetic because that is how they could be conditioned to do so by the government.
Common everyday terms have come from this book like, “Big Brother,” “News Speak,” and “Orwellian.”
“Big Brother” is now watching us all with the laws that were passed during the George W. Bush administration. This law is called, “The Patriot Act,” that allows the government to open your mail without a warrant, access your internet e-mail transmission and listen in on your phone calls without any reasonable cause or warrant.
“News Speak” now refers to “Collateral Damage” as the sterilized term for what used to be called, “Non-Combatant Civilian Deaths.” This tragedy is caused when innocent people get caught in the cross fire of a fire fight or within a bombing a target. It is a shame when innocent people, especially children, die but it just seems that the “New Speak” is more palatable if we use the term “Collateral Damage,” instead of civilian deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Pakistan.
"Orwellian" life has subtlety worked its way into observing our everyday life with us knowing and without anyone’s outrage. We now have surveillance on every street corner of many big cities, street light intersections that can award motor vehicle violations, shopping store parking lots, etc. You are now assumed guilty of traffic violations and the person charged is not even allowed to confront their accuser. Our founding fathers wrote this civil right law but those guys were so old fashion and could not understand the way things are today……Or at least this is the way some mindless people think today. They even make statements like, I don’t care is the government is spying on me…..I don’t have anything to be guilty of….and yes, even APATHETIC.