Nineteen Eighty-Four (a thoughtcrime by J.E. Lattimer and Richard Guest)

The Future Is Papier Mâché

A very special post today…

Nineteen Eighty-Four (for Josh), 2012

“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”

Nineteen Eighty-Fouris George Orwell’s sixth novel. It was published in 1949 and is the dystopian novel. For those of you unfamiliar with the book, it is set on Airstrip One (roughly, the UK), and follows the travails of Winston Smith in a country tyrannised by The Party, an omnipresent and, thanks to their use of surveillance techniques, near-omniscient government. Through various means (the destruction of free expression, the deliberate impoverishment of language, all the usual propaganda devices such as television programmes, and brutal police intervention) The Party seeks to control the minds of the country’s populace. Many of the novel’s key concepts have entered everyday parlance, such as Big Brother, double-think, and thought-crime. And unfortunately a number of recent rulers seem to have seen the book not as a work of fiction, but as a handbook…

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