Society today walks around with its chin up and eyes glowing as it thinks it holds all the knowledge that one could possibly know. Behind the scenes, the government has a secret weapon called censorship. The use of state or group power to control freedom of expression, such as passing laws to prevent media from being published or propagated, is what censorship is listed as. In middle school through high school the history books only show the United States point of view. History texts show the US as heroes, not as the villains they were in some cases. Censorship is used to avoid giving the public information that might hurt the trust and reliability of the government. A way of beating around the bush, and turning the spotlight on the government and displays them as an idol to be worshiped. The society still hasn’t learned about the ways the government is easily manipulating people and controlling what they do or do not know. Winston, a character from 1984, is as blind as the rest of his community in the beginning of his adventure. Winston writes, "This was not illegal (nothing was illegal, since there were no longer any laws), but if detected it was reasonably certain that it would be punished by death, or at least by twenty-five years in a forced-labor camp." (Orwell site). Winston is so mindless that he can not even comprehend that there are laws even though the government denies there are laws. Once Julia, the girl of Winston's dreams, comes along and reveals the sad truth about the government, they decide to link together and try to fight back against The Party. Marcus, the rowdy high school computer hacker, was one of the few to realize that the government was censoring more than one thing from the public. A secret base on "Treasure Island" is hidden from the public. The base is filled with innocent and guilty persons who are convicted of many things, one of them being the terrorist attack that Marcus had been caught in. The people who were confined had no rights and their families weren't notified of their absence. Their families concluded, after a while, that they must be dead. With their rights stripped away, they went through both mental and physical torture. Marcus is rescued and while he is facing court charges he thinks, "I understood. I felt full of understanding now, for how all the families of all the people who'd been locked away must feel. The courtroom was full of tears and hugs, and even the bailiffs couldn't stop it." (Doctorow site). If the community continues to live the same way, and refuses to open their eyes, it will become ignorant and stupid. After a while they will forget how to even start to think for themselves and absorb only the information spoon-fed to them.