Thursday, August 04, 2005

History and Future According to...

"Can you not understand, Winston, that the individual is only a cell? The weariness of the cell is the vigour of the organism." --O'Brien, Nineteen Eighty-Four

April 1984, I was not yet two years old, but already the world around me was beginning to mould my thoughts, perceptions of history and my place in society. Elsewhere on the planet already existed a widely circulated and highly regarded book called Nineteen Eight-Four, still kicking around, who's author George Orwell, had long since departed. Shooting had just begun in London - same time and place as set in the story - for the latest film interpretation, but neither the book, the author nor the film was to enter my remote world for another twenty-one years.

April 2005, for some reason I decided I'd try one of those online tests I never usually do. This one told you what you'd be if you were a classic novel. Turns out I was Nineteen Eight-Four. I'd never heard of it, so I just let it pass - a little upset at the time that I wasn't something better known - until not too long ago, when I saw it there in the bookshop and thought I'd better get it and read it, just in case it was actually me.

I finished reading it the other week and just watched the film today, which wasn't too bad, but I recommend the book - if you aren't too lazy - to get the full picture. Orwell may have been just a few decades out, but quite a bit of the depicted 1984 future, the ever-present, ongoing war with an indeterminate enemy, the distortion of facts and information by an omnipresent media and the deliberate dumbing down of language and of subsequent common thought, seems to have for now become a reality.

War is peace? Freedom is slavery? Ignorance is strength? Down with Big Brother!


Blogger Jenni said...

I find it interesting that you thought of 1984 as not well known. I had to read it twice during high school! :)

8/04/2005 11:40:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Down with Big Brother?? how can you say that!!

8/04/2005 08:29:00 pm  
Blogger Joshua said...

lol, I didn't mean the tv show, but that's pretty terrible too, haha :P

8/05/2005 07:48:00 pm  

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