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.
With those children, he thought, that wretched woman must lead a life of terror. Another year, two years, and they would be watching her night and day for symptoms of unorthodoxy. Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it. (1.2.25)
The Party seeks to maintain power by severing private loyalties and replacing them with loyalty to the party. With children, the success of the Party’s plan manifests further in that the children serve as extra surveillance forces for the Party.