The article “Vocabularies Shrinking: Are Smartphones, Tablets, Other Internet Devices Making It Harder To Learn New Words?” and the book 1984 both result in the loss of information, independent thought, and freedom, while both simultaneously convincing people otherwise in the name of a better world. This article describes the negative effects of technology on our vocabulary and claims that “an underdeveloped vocabulary makes it difficult for a person to clearly communicate a verbal or written message and, more importantly, makes it impossible for kids to understand complex text, which is another way of saying that they can't read.” We communicate less through speaking and more through abbreviated text messages, and this is severely affecting the amount of words we know. This gives an illusion to a perfect utopian society, for we get to use awesome technology and do things we’ve never been able to do in the past. However, we do not live in a perfect world, and technology isn’t helping those matters. If one day people are so bad at reading, how will they vote or do anything that requires independent thought? The world will quickly stray from democracy and quickly become dominated by a dictatorship of the few who are still capable of independent thought. This brings me to the conclusion that technology is therefore restricting people’s knowledge, independent thought, and freedom, not enhancing it as we all like to believe. Technology today isn’t furthering society, it is destroying it. This leads me quite nicely to the book 1984. In this book, Syme is one of the people in charge of creating a new vocabulary; or more accurately, destroying the old one. The destruction of knowledge and independent thought takes a more obvious role in society in this book than it does in our society, but the effects are similar nonetheless. According to Syme, “the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought” and that “in the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.” Under this belief, many of these people of the Party actually believe they are doing the right thing and helping maintain a better, utopian society. They want to strip people’s freedom of mind in the name of preventing something that may or may not happen. According to this self-proclaimed utopian society, “ignorance is strength,” and that ignorance is what makes their society functional, when in reality, it is what will be its undoing.