Archive for the ‘Dystopia’ Category

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Commissar Nikolai Yezhov with Stalin

George Orwell’s 1984 is, I would claim, THE seminal work of dystopia.   Ever hear of the phrase “big brother”?  How about unperson, thoughtcrime, or doublethink?  –All from 1984.  You know how we can’t do anything these days without someone recording it, putting it on social media, etc.?  You know all that data mining Wikileaks exposed #PatriotAct?  Orwell called it.  Ever hear of a government falsifying reports and sugarcoating history?  “Who controls the present controls the past; who controls the past controls the future” (Orwell, 1984)

 

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Hey, where’d he go? #unperson

Or how about the fact that nations are always at war and always talking about another war, meanwhile corporations get rich off those wars and the masses become xenophobic towards those peoples?  Orwell called that too.   What if we speak out?  Exiled.  Brainwashed.  Vaporized.  #Stalin

Beyond all the political commentary, however, there’s a great story in it too — love, sex, friendship, betrayal — truly one of the best books ever written.

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