by George Orwell
1984 Technology and Modernization Quotes
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In Oceania at the present day, Science, in the old sense, has almost ceased to exist. In Newspeak there is no word for 'Science'. The empirical method of thought, on which all the scientific achievements of the past were founded, is opposed to the most fundamental principles of Ingsoc. And even technological progress only happens when its products can in some way be used for the diminution of human liberty. (2.9.30).
The Party employs science and technology to curtail human freedom and privacy, and to control human behavior.
Winston kept his back turned to the telescreen. It was safer, though, as he well knew, even a back can be revealing. (1.1.6)
Fear runs so deep in Winston that he fancies that by turning his back on a telescreen, his rebellious spirit may be sniffed out.
"‘Down with Big Brother!’ Yes, I said that! Said it over and over again, it seems. Between you and me, old man, I'm glad they got me before it went any further […]."
"Who denounced you?" said Winston.
"It was my little daughter," said Parsons with a sort of doleful pride. "She listened at the keyhole. Heard what I was saying, and nipped off to the patrols the very next day. Pretty smart for a nipper of seven, eh? I don't bear her any grudge for it. In fact I'm proud of her. It shows I brought her up in the right spirit, anyway." (3.1.48-50)
With children, the success of the Party’s plan manifests further in that the children serve as extra surveillance forces for the Party. Indeed, the child of Party member Parsons is so overcome with love for and indoctrination by the Party that she surveys and turns in her own father in for thoughtcrime.