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1984 is ever so relevant today as it was when written. A recent spike in the selling of George Orwell’s 1984 by 9,500% occurred only days after Trump’s inauguration, making people fearful of present ties to the 1940’s. This book is relevant in bringing up issues of surveillance and the manipulation of the truth around the world. One of the ways the book conveys Oceania’s lack of freedoms is through constant surveillance by telescreens. “He took a twenty-five-cent piece out of his pocket. There too, in tiny clear lettering, the same slogans were inscribed, and on the other face of the coin the head of Big Brother. Even from the coin the eyes pursued you. On coins, on stamps, on the covers of books, on banners, on posters, and on the wrappings of a cigarette packet?—?everywhere. Always the eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you.” When thinking of how in this dystopia, Big Brother has eyes essentially everywhere, the first thing that comes to mind as a current substitute for all the telescreens and devices shown in 1984 is smartphones. Nowadays there are very places you can go out without usage of a cellphone as if they follow you wherever you go. We in this day and age have shaped our lives around using them, but this does not solely benefit us, it adds a layer of security to our daily lives. As we turn to technology more and more, it only becomes more feasible for people to not only see what we are doing, but take control of what we see as well. The only difference between governance between phone usage today and telescreens in 1984, is that telescreens existed for totalitarian government, whereas we allow our government to monitor our phone usage. Looking also at the rest of the world, it is relevant that there are more extreme cases of surveillance, such as North Korea. In 1984 there is a whole branch of the government devoted to the media. “The Ministry of Truth, concerned itself with news, entertainment, education, and the fine arts”. Not only that, but the Ministry of Peace does the very same thing. According to Winston, “the Ministry of Love maintains law and order”). Like our phones the Ministry of Love uses their telescreens to, “receive and transmit information simultaneously. Anything above a low whisper could be heard and as long as you stay in the screens field of vision you could be seen”. Although this applies to surveillance in the US, current day North Korea controls its populations media almost as much as the government in Oceania does. North Korean people have no access to the internet and their media is amongst the most controlled in the world. Although a new repeal of net neutrality laws may make internet service providers able to control what we access on the internet, as of now at least, any American citizen with access to the internet has free range and free will to look at whatever they may like, but the citizens of North Korea are under more of a dictatorship so they relate more closely to how Oceania is controlled via telescreens and such. Overall 1984 sees many real ties on how modern governments use surveillance in relation to how Oceania used surveillance. Another tie between 1984 and Present day is the manipulation of the truth. One major example of Newspeak is is when Kellyanne Conway used the term “alternative facts”. She and President Trump coined this term to discredit what the media has to say. This is completely reminiscent of  the “Ministry of Truth,” where inconvenient news can be discarded down a “memory hole.” President Trump has on multiple occasions, said the press/journalists “are among the most dishonest human beings on earth.” This is all in coalition by his team to help distract people from looking to get their information or facts from other places. By making it seem that his story is the only one that can be trusted, he is manipulating the facts to shape whatever truth he wants to. As Trump once said to make himself seem like a hero or even victim to popularize himself and destroy both the media and reputation of his adversary “The election is being rigged by corrupt media pushing false allegations and outright lies in an effort to elect Hillary Clinton president.” Trump has been shown to popularize facts opposing himself, but when it comes to him, his campaign, his presidency, and all else he does, he uses his language to hide certain things. Whether it be by using abstract words or sometimes being very undescriptive when referring to something, he manipulates everything he attempts to get across, if not for mostly personal benefit for a better outlook from the public. 1984 shows a totalitarian regime whose sole focus is to control the public by any means necessary, which includes controlling the truth and how they transmit it to the public. We are similar as the party manipulating history as to suggest they have been fighting Eurasia all along. Just like The Party, our own government from time to time has been shown to obscure the truth in ways, whether covering up events or giving a false representation of them. Overall there are uncanny similarities from present day manipulation of the truth, to how ministries controlled the public’s outlook on everything in Oceania. Although there reasons why 1984 may not applicable to present day society, and in ways there are more reasons why it may not applicable to present day society, and in ways it is outdated. First off, the government is able to see everything you do on your phone and track you wherever you go, and you might assume you can chose to not have a cellphone, which is a viable option, the modern era is shaped around having a cellphone and it is almost impossible to live without one, just as the telescreens are almost inescapable to. Moving on, although there are no examples in the US as of now of the media actually being able to completely control everything you see, this happens in North Korea, as the people are subjugated to complete and utter submission to the government’s laws, rules, and in better lack of words, how to live their life. This same type of control is show in the Party’s use of ministries to control everything the public sees, and heavy policing reinforces the dominance of the government’s way over anyone else’s. Because of isolated nations such as North Korea, and the current disapproval of hard facts by some people, there are many living examples on why 1984 is relevant, much more so than examples declaring it isn’t. 1984 blurs the lines between good and bad by creating a narrative around a country that controls everything everyone says, thinks, acts, and does. This is accomplished mostly between constant manipulation of the truth and heavy surveillance. These same issues are happening in the world today, which is why 1984 is still an extremely relevant book to today’s standards, as well as it was when first published.