When I first watched 1984, I was in middle school. At the time, I didn’t have a smartphone. Just a phone with a prepaid card in it, that could only text and call. At the time, I didn’t understand 1984 as well because I wasn’t as connected to social media as I am today. Since the invention of Facebook, it’s become the social center of our world. And plenty of people, including myself, have found it extremely helpful when it comes to staying in touch with friends and family, as well as keeping up to date with the trending topics. However, after re-watching 1984, I found myself questioning how much of what I see on social media is censored and how much is the truth.
Though we don’t currently live in a world as extreme as the one in 1984, I do believe that the government plays a role in censoring the news, and what we get to see on television as well as the internet. As disturbing as this sounds, I found myself finding similar connections with the book to our society today. For example, the fact that in 1984, the newspapers and general forms of publications were all censored and carefully distributed by their government. As extreme as that sounds, in today’s society, everything we hear and see on television is on purpose. The news stories we hear are all told to us on purpose. Each story whether positive or negative is given to news reporters for us to hear on purpose.
while researching social media censorship, I came across an academic article I felt more comfortable using than one from a news source. I found an academic article from Harvard Law review forum called The Brave New World of Social Media Censorship. In this article, Marjorie Heins writes about our freedom of speech as Americans, and how over the years that has constantly been taken advantage of by private companies censoring the media.
I very much agreed with this article. Mainly because there was factual evidence to prove how social media engines like google and facebook have been slowly taking advantage of our privacy over the years with new changes, and “updates” to their privacy policies as well as search engine spying.