There is a strong connection between the allegory of the cave and today’s society. In the part one, Socrates tells his friend, Glaucon, that those people who have been living in the cave since their childhood are unfortunately unable to see the other world because they are afraid to see that there could be something different outside the cave. In today’s reality, many people are trapped inside their houses, household chores and social media. We are growing up in a society, in which everyone is living according to the common plan. In particular, many people go to school then to university because it is necessary to pursue the higher degree in order to get a job. Eventually, people need to have job because everyone should have families etc. We are trapped in the dogma of living according to the plan but not that many people try to watch outside of their caves. Therefore, today as well as thousands years ago, we are afraid to change our habits because we do not want to see that there could be something different outside.
I think the government, mass media and celebrities are the puppeteers of the present. We are under control of the government, which dictates its own rules. Nowadays, the government controls mass media and thus everything what we see is only partly true. It also controls companies, education and everything it has the access to. Many people cannot imagine their lives without the internet and mass media, which clearly have become the puppeteer to us. Lastly, celebrities must comply with the rules of the mass media market in order to stay famous. They are also the puppeteers because they dictate lifestyle and fashion to us.
Plato, & Sheehan, T. THE ALLEGORY OF THE CAVE.