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Friday, January 03, 2014

1984

19841984 by George Orwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this in high school and remember thinking that 1984 was so far in the future it seemed impossible for some of the issues in the book to be relevant. It is amazing how many things have come true, or are comprehensible now.  I think the border between "political Correctness" and the concept of "thought crimes" is actually scary.  I am also amazed at the role of the media.  Until the last 20-25 years, the idea of a biased media was something I never thought I'd see.  I remember talking in class about propaganda and thinking it couldn't happen here and now I am all too aware of "interpretive journalism." Once a country loses the objective voice of truth everything can be manipulated.

1984 isn't fanciful thinking, it is the natural extension of things that are taking place right now.  Some have called our government a "nanny states" and the government in 1984 is a logical extension of that kind of thinking; "Big Brother knows best"...and then "Big Brother is watching."


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