Taking Stock 

Surgical strikes as opposed to carpet bombing

Mark Robinson

Surgical strikes as opposed to carpet bombing

The central theme of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four concerns the overarching control exercised by the totalitarian state over the individual. The apparatus by which the state achieves this objective is what the novel describes as a telescreen; a two-way audio/visual device that effectively does away with personal privacy, leaving the citizenry with the feeling that every move they make is under scrutiny, even if it isn’t the case.

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