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For instance, she is intimately convinced that the state of permanent war waged by Oceania against other nations is sheer government propaganda and tactic intended to divert and thwart any form of domestic dissent.
Orwell seems to say that orthodoxy and official arbitrariness entertained by the rulers and imposed upon the ruled represent a perverse play at mutual mis understanding and are sheer insanity. Orwell warns from the outset of the novel that orthodoxy, taken to extremes, turns into pathology. Winston Smith seems to be extremely sensitive and anxious all the time as if he is persecuted by some invisible adversary. Sometimes he is depicted deeply absorbed in his memories of the past because he distrusts the present and apprehends the future.
An overall dispiriting mood of arbitrariness, of deliberate mis understanding and of cruel persecution abounds in Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Winston Smith, the main protagonist, belongs to this party. Its members are constantly under surveillance. Moreover, members of both the upper and middle classes the Inner and Outer Parties are assigned to their jobs in the four ministries of Oceania.
Finally, there are the Proles. They represent the majority of the population. They live in districts not monitored by the Party, and as the narrator suggests, they are the only citizens who stay human because their emotions are not suppressed by surveillance. The Party controls people both mentally and physically.
All the people who commit some crimes are transferred to the Ministry of Love, a building without any window, where they are interrogated, beaten and tortured until they betray their companions. The enduring physical pain may break even the most rebellious spirits and lead many of the prisoners to thoughts about suicide.
Propaganda in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four Before starting the analysis of the different sides of propaganda in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty- Four, it is important to begin by explaining this term, or at least giving a clear and simple definition which is not an easy task to do.
Even if there is a huge amount of different definitions that already exist about propaganda, some point on which all of them agreed can help to construct a simple one. Propaganda can be simply defined as a set of communication techniques used intentionally to make a ready-made message thought, stereotype Etc common by means of efficient symbols. This communication is collective since the propaganda is intended to communities or individuals belonging to a community, aiming to share opinions which not only consist of judgment on the reality of fact but most importantly, judgment on their value.
Types of propaganda As the term is used loosely today, propaganda pervades the full range of communication genres. Any medium as well as every communication genre, from news to novels and from social marketing to social networking that can propagate messages can be used for propaganda. Numerous studies have attempted to define and distinguish different types of propaganda, trying to range it from specific or narrow to broad and inclusive.
The concept of epistemic defectiveness, which bears the burden of work in this definition, narrows the ambit of the concept significantly. Marlin distinguishes negative, neutral, and favorable definitions Marlin: Nineteen Eighty-Four displays all manner of propaganda, with distinguishing features of several definitions sharply accented. The Party takes propaganda to totalizing limits in its 6 project of political control over not just everything that people do or say but everything they think or believe.
The persuasive power of every medium, technique and genre of communication is exploited to its maximum potential and single-mindedly put to work. Virtually every communication is calculated to propagate politically charged messages. No holds are barred, and there is no respite from the intrusive messaging. The novel is a rich source of examples for thinking about propaganda, which could be analyzed with reference to any number of theoretical issues in the literature.
However, propaganda in the novel divides revealingly and essentially into two main forms, which Michael Yeo calls the propaganda of fact and the propaganda of fiction M. Yeo, The propaganda of fact Propaganda is under the Ministry of Truth. This is where Winston Smith works, in the Records Department, destroying the records of the past as they become inconsistent with always changing policy and substituting falsified records in their place. In addition to being subject to censorship and propaganda, he is himself a censor and a propagandist.
His story thereby exemplifies, without mentioning, Party virtues such as loyalty to Party above family and zealousness in rooting out criminals.
Lest the moral of the story not be clear enough, Winston appends some editorial remarks that he attributes to Big Brother praising Ogilvy for abstinence and other virtues Orwell, Statistics, reports about the war, historical records, and so on, are 7 not simply false; they are lies because they are known to be false.
However, the object is not just to propagate facts or lies but to propagate values, or value judgments, which the propaganda of fact does indirectly. The trusting reader of the Times would be persuaded to opinions not just about facts but also values. That people believe certain lies to be facts is not what really matters to the Party; what matters is the beliefs they form about matters of political concern to which these facts persuade them.
Even this message, which recurs throughout the novel, is subordinate to the more general message that Big Brother is good and worthy of admiration, if not love. The kind of propaganda that aims to propagate lies as facts, and indirectly proliferates values. However, the Ministry produces works in other genres that propagate values without pretending to be factual and that have to do not with falsehood or lies but with fiction, or more generally art.
The Propaganda of Fiction Julia represents the propaganda of fiction. The fiction produced in the Fiction Department may serve any number of purposes. However, if the purpose is to entertain, other propagandistic purposes piggy-back on its ostensible purpose.
If fictional stories purporting to be factual can promote values, stories that do not pretend to be anything but fictional can also do the job.
Winston, who deals in facts, writes fiction. These will be presented not as fiction but as fact.
Art and fiction in particular, does not purport to be fact or pass itself off as true in a factual sense. In what sense then is fiction propagandistic, or how could we decide the extent to which it is so? If the mere propagation of values is enough for a communication to be counted as propaganda, clearly this applies to fiction.
However, there is something about how values are propagated, in fact and in fiction that is propagandistic in a richer sense having to do with indirection or even misdirection.
The propaganda of fact can be counted as propaganda not just because it passes lies for facts, but additionally because it does so indirectly to propagate values.
Indeed, the propagation of values is its primary object. Even if the presented facts were indeed facts and not lies, the communicative context in which they are related would still be propagandistic insofar as the communication of facts was secondary and instrumental to the indirect objective of shaping values. Literature does not aim to be factual, but it does purport to entertain or provide aesthetic satisfaction.
Commenting on this passage, Marlin notes that the most effective propaganda is often indirect or oblique. Marlin: 29 In the propaganda of fact, along with the news or facts, one gets a surreptitious dose of political messaging that may not be suspected. In the propaganda of fiction, along with entertainment or aesthetic pleasure one gets a dose of the same that can be at least as potent, and with the reader at least as unaware that it is being administered.
The techniques of propaganda used in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four 2. Testimonial It is to use an expert or a celebrity to sell something or to support a cause.
Winston says: "He was a tormentor, he was a protector, he was the friend. And once- Winston could not remember whether it was in drugged sleep, or in normal sleep, or even in a moment of wakefulness- a voice murmured in his ear: 'Don't worry, Winston; you are in my keeping. For seven years I have watched over you. Now the turning point has come. I shall save you, I shall make you perfect. This quote is an example of testimonial propaganda.
It shows that Winston respects O'Brien when he said he was "the friend". This is mainly because Winston respects the fact that O'Brien is a member of the party and an important person in their society, making it easier for O'Brien to convince Winston that the way of the party was the right way to live. Glittering Generalities It is basically the employment of vague, sweeping statements often slogans or simple catch phrases using language associated with values and beliefs deeply held by the audience without providing supporting information or reason.
They appeal to such notions as honor, glory, love of country, desire for peace, freedom, and family values. An example of glittering generalities is when a politician uses a word like "patriotism" during a speech.
When a politician claims, "I am a patriotic individual," yet does not define patriotism or give any further examples, this politician is using glittering generalities. Another example of glittering generalities is used in advertising, for instance, when a certain product is said to make the user "feel refreshed". This is a positive phrase that makes the viewer want to buy the product, yet it is vague and no actual claim is made about the product. In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four the slogans used by the party are examples of glittering generalities.
Bandwagon It is simply the call to follow the mass, in other words, this people are doing this or having this, you should do or have it too.
This persuasive approach may have been experienced in the form of peer pressure. This targets people who love animals and that are willing to help with the movement. The self-satisfied sheeplike face on the screen, and the terrifying power of the Eurasian army behind it, were too much to be borne; besides, the sight or even the thought of Goldstein produced fear and anger automatically. Because the majority of the people showed their anger, more and more people began to join. This technique of propaganda is mainly based on the psychology of the individual since it pushes him to abandon his individuality or himself for the benefit of a group or a greater cause as J.
Ellul explains it in his book Propaganda: the formation of men's attitudes. Indeed, propaganda offers him that possibility in an exceptionally easy and satisfying fashion.
But it pushes the individual into the mass until he disappears entirely. Name Calling It is to say bad things about a competitor or an enemy. Obama is being accused of being a "snob". The poster uses sarcasm as a way to ridicule Obama. This targets Obama voters in hopes that they will not vote for Obama. This poster and the quote are similar examples of name calling. Both succeed in labeling the targeted person and focus on what a specific group dislikes. Pinpointing the Enemy This propaganda technique is about pinpointing someone or something as being the enemy by focusing on his or its negative qualities.
Propagandists often oversimplify complex problems by pointing out a single cause or a single enemy who can be blamed.
For everything from unemployment to natural disasters, identifying a supposed source of the problem can help the propagandists achieve his or her agenda. It had no caption, and represented simply the monstrous figure of a Eurasian soldier, three or four meters high, striding forward with expressionless Mongolian face and enormous boots, a submachine gun pointed from his hip.
Both of these examples pinpoint the enemy in a negative way. This makes the viewer lean more toward a clear-cut answer of who is right and who is wrong. Propaganda is not used only to make the citizens do what the party want them to do but it is directed to suppress the individuality within Oceania's community and to create dehumanized and uniformed citizens deprived from themselves and guided by the party's impulses. Language in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four Language is well known by everyone to be, before and after all, a mean of communication, but Orwell takes it to another dimension and shapes it in order to serve beyond it main purpose.
Even More it becomes a powerful weapon to oppress and gain power over the citizens of Oceania. The ramifications of implementing Newspeak as Standard English is revealed in Nineteen Eighty-Four, as being devastating to the entire system of human verbal and written expression. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, language is viewed as a utility to praise, worship, and ensure the success of the government or Big Brother.
Newspeak, as compared to Standard English, appears almost cryptic and indecipherable, combining the use of abbreviations, acronyms, and simplified word constructions. Note the example from the text here: "times 3. Rewrite it in full and submit your draft to higher authority before filing. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard.
There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.
Winston kept his back turned to the telescreen. It was safer; though, as he well knew, even a back can be revealing. A kilometre away the Ministry of Truth, his place of work, towered vast and white above the grimy landscape. This, he thought with a sort of vague distaste — this was London, chief city of Airstrip One, itself the third most populous of the provinces of Oceania.
He tried to squeeze out some childhood memory that should tell him whether London had always been quite like this. Were there always these vistas of rotting nineteenth-century houses, their sides shored up with baulks of timber, their windows patched with cardboard and their roofs with corrugated iron, their crazy garden walls sagging in all directions?
And the bombed sites where the plaster dust swirled in the air and the willow-herb straggled over the heaps of rubble; and the places where the bombs had cleared a larger patch and there had sprung up sordid colonies of wooden dwellings like chicken-houses? But it was no use, he could not remember: nothing remained of his childhood except a series of bright-lit tableaux occurring against no background and mostly unintelligible.