Similarly, Orwell’s representation of the socialand political oppression in the World state exhibits the relation between themisuse of technology and society’s authoritarian control over individuals. Orwelldemonstrates this through the juxtaposition of “end hunger, disease… raiseliving standards” to the miserable life of Winston in “the cold winds… swirleddust and paper into spirals” that evokes a pitiful misconception that imposesthe deliberate neglect of society’s citizens as technology is used as a sourceof control and exploitation. The composer’s addresses his context of post warEurope, as the expansion of military technology was abused to kill masses ofpeople and the concern of consistent surveillance was existent.
Furthermore,helicopters that “skimmed like blue bottles…snooping” is personified to suggestthe dispossession of privacy and freedom due to technological advancements.This parallels the fear in the 1940’s Europe as communist R8ussia and Stalin’s purging of humanresistance to his political view raises concerns on top of a world that wasalready in fear of the horrors of Nazism. The composer furthers the idea ofindividualism constraint through the symbolic use of “speak writes”, a systemwhich dictates human thoughts and alters history, highlighting the fear ofmedia manipulation and language control throughout post-war Europe. Thepresence of the telescreens also links Orwell’s concerns about nationalism brutalityas it contributes to the fear of technology’s oppression on human choices andopinions.
The operation of these technologies is used as a metaphoric referencethat showcases to the audience the struggles in society through the forewarningsof totalitarian governments.