We often hear about 1984 and Brave New World, but "Animal Farm" (George Orwell) is just as relevant right now.
At the beginning of the novel, according to their seven commandments, all animals are declared equal. Pretty revolutionary.
However, slowly the commandments are revised with slight changes in nuance. For example, "No animal shall kill any other animal" becomes "No animal shall kill any other animal without cause."
Gaslighting, manipulation, and even murder are all used to keep the animals in line - to keep them working for the system.
Eventually, the equality commandment is changed to "All are equal, but some are more equal than others."
Does this sound familiar to anyone today? Is it important I layout how this is a metaphor for modern times, or is it as blunt as I think it is? Three things that stand out:
1) The manipulation of language: clever wording, especially from politicians and celebrities, is all that is needed for mass control.
2) Speaking out usually leads to more harm than good. The system is prepared for "freedom of speech."
3) While Reddit is just one website, it is one of the top websites used in the world, especially for news and information. Notice how the censorship rules protect the equality of some, but not of others.
This is just the beginning.
As the censorship progresses in all areas of our lives, it is starting to become difficult to determine who is beast and who is human.