Orwell’s fear ‘The spectacle is capital accumulated

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Orwell’s 1984 novel, illustrates a ‘perfect’ society where
humanity can roam safe under the legislations of political authorities. Orwell
had witnessed the dangers of absolute political authority in the age of an
advanced society. Based on a negative utopian or dystopian genre, the novel remains
one of the most powerful warnings against pre-mediated uprisings, ever issued
under the threats of totalitarianism. Theorist Guy Debord, explores the many
ways society deviates itself from a rational one to a society where the
production of visual material ‘turns the material life of everyone into a
universe of speculation’ thesis 19 (Debord, G. and Knabb, K. (1994). Unlike
every conventional utopian novel, best describing the attributes in a perfect
society, this does the exact opposite; convincing readers to avoid towards paths
that can restrict emancipation or social degradation. In opposition Orwell’s
vision of a post-atomic dictatorship, was to be monitored ceaselessly by the
telescreen. In retrospect, humanity feels at threat, the outcome of the novel, foreshadows
the dawn of the nuclear age, where the fixation of televisions in family homes reinforce
a knowledge based economy, information circulates our lives each day in forms
of digital media. Image is all we are shown and all we know. Orwell has
postulated such a society mere thirty-five years into a future compounded by
fear ‘The spectacle is capital accumulated to the point where it becomes image’
thesis 34 (Debord, G. and Knabb, K. (1994).  

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