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I wrote a review about how 1984 related to today's society, but I unpublished it because I was scared of getting canceled. It expressed many thoughts and opinions that don't align to the popular views that almost all of my friends hold.

But that's exactly the premise of 1984.

In 1984, INGSOC, or the English Socialist party, have taken over, and everyone is watched by 'Big Brother' all the time on screens that are everywhere. To even think anything that isn't politically correct is immediately labeled a 'thought crime' and is punishable by being canceled- this in this case, literally your life gets canceled and you are vaporized.

The news is 100% lies, and the main character works at the org that goes back and re-writes past newspapers, books, etc. to make the current news look like it was always that way all along.

People aren't allowed to be alone together, they're allowed to marry but not fall in love, not aloud to enjoy life or indulge. Gatherings are only for Political party volunteer stuff.

The main character says, "Being in a minority, even a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad."

As long as 2 + 2 = 4, then there was hope in the world.

But according to INGSOC, 2 + 2 = 5. And reality only exists in your mind. If we say it's true, it IS.

In the words of INGSOC,

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength