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Sir Squid
Posted on 2013.10.27 at 22:34
I swear nobody's actually read Nineteen Eighty-Four, have they?

Bradburry was right, too, though. People just stopped wanting to think for themselves anymore.

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hyperiate at 2013-10-28 12:04 (UTC) (Link)
I think we're closer to Brave New World than 1984. In 1984 Big Brother came to and maintained power through deceit and fear, in Brave New World the totalitarian state was asked for, received, and considered well worth it as long as everyone was told what their role to play was and each got their soma.
whowantscookies at 2013-10-31 21:44 (UTC) (Link)
While Brave New World is one of my favorite books (how many years After Ford is it now?), I have not actually read 1984. This should be rectified to truly understand its implications.
labrynthos at 2013-11-01 03:03 (UTC) (Link)
I agree.
persoconchii at 2013-10-28 19:37 (UTC) (Link)
no, nobody read it, yes everybody luuuuuuvs to throw thats title around in moments of retarded panic "like, zomg!! this is so like 1984, and communists right now!!"
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ken_ichijouji at 2013-10-29 03:53 (UTC) (Link)
I read it, it's one of my favorite books. I'm not sure why exactly this post got prompted, though, considering the NSA thing has been happening since 2007 under Bush, and it was recently revealed that Obama actually put a stop to most of it once he found out it was still a thing. If it's about having to buy insurance, I don't buy it either as you're required in most states to buy car insurance in order to drive a car. Same principle.
saber_rider at 2013-10-29 23:12 (UTC) (Link)
This is entirely non-political. Governments and parties have been trying to maintain their power at all costs long before the United States was around. No, I suppose it's more of a personal thing. Might have just been me, but the idea of double-think was one that really stuck with me. And it's something I see all the time today, perhaps because the world (or at least the US) is becoming more and more conservative. Of course, everybody in 1984 knew about double-think, and double-thought about it. I shouldn't be surprised that as many people as have read the book, many didn't understand its message.
dommi's geekery
ken_ichijouji at 2013-10-29 23:26 (UTC) (Link)
Not really sure why disagreeing automatically equals not understanding a message, when it may be that the people just don't feel that specific message (when there are several good ones in 1984) is as important as some other ones. People get different things out of literature, that's one of the beauties of interpreting and analyzing a work.

Sure, Orwell had specific points he tried to make, but as is true with any art, the reader's take matters too. Maybe those people focus on the other parts and not that. It's not inherently wrong, there's no hard and fast rule when it comes to interpreting literature.
labrynthos at 2013-11-01 03:05 (UTC) (Link)
I feel the need to double-speak quite frequently.
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