Two or three weeks ago I started reading 1984 again, which I read 20+ years ago in high school and have been meaning to read again for years. And as I got through the very first chapter (and am only at chapter 4 now — shows how much reading time I get), that I wanted to blog/tweet about how much 1984 sounded like 2017. And now it seems i missed the boat!
I just saw on Amazon that 1984 is the #2 ebook right now. Number 2, out of gazillions! That’s amazing!
And that theatres are going to play the old movie as a form of protest. Unbelievable! Awesome! And I’m overseas, so I’m going to miss it!
What are some of the similarities, you might ask? Here’s a few:
The Ministry of Truth is basically in charge of shaping history, media, and public perceptions to match The Party’s politics.
The mantra is (always in all-caps):
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
There are Thought Police, thought crime, and doublethink.
They’ve always been at war with their current enemy (even though Winston clearly remembers it was the other way around just a few years ago).
And the one that struck me most: the Two-Minute Hate. Everyone must gather around the telescreen and scream their hatred at images of “the enemy”.
Sounds an awful lot like the state of things now.
1984 or 2017?
And here I thought I was a “clever clogs” discovering this. And now it’s a big thing!
…That big eye up there, by the way? It’s mine. 🙂