Saturday, February 5, 2011

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Two + Two = Five

Will you ever believe this?
A government that watches your every move, listens to everything you say with telescreens and hidden microphones.
A government that controls your thoughts and even your feelings.

This is George Orwell's vision for 1984.
His book written during World War II shows all the negativity that this war created.

The protagonist, Winston Smith seek rebellion against Big Brother, imaginary dictator of Oceania created to frighten the population.
He starts writing a journal, in which he pours all his negative thoughts and opinions about the party.
He begins a love affair with a young woman, Julia.
But their rebellion is useless, two people are just powerless.

The unexpected ending really is shocking and disturbing.

Many of Orwell's concept became famous.
The concept of reality TV comes from the fact that everyone is being watched at all times.
Doublethink is the act of mutually accepting two contradictory beliefs.

"It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself--anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face...; was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime..."

1984 is a classic novel you have to read!

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