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1984 by George Orwell (Eric Blair)

I chose to read this book because of Academic Team. There are numerous questions asked regarding books that are considered as "classics." Many of these I already had/have because of my older siblings already having gone through high school. This one looked like the kind of conspiracy-laced politically-charged novel I needed. :)

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Important things to say before you might read my posts:

/1. I like to write things more than show things, most of the time, so there will be a lot of writing.

/2. I LOVE to use parentheses, as I feel they can add more details in terms of my personal opinions or clarify points in my mostly factul writing (I think it is mostly objective and factual, anyway...).

/3. Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers, three times fast (If you got this joke, feel proud, maybe... if not, well...)

/4. Elipsis(es) are cool, I guess...And I like to use them to end a topic, sometimes (even though that's not their technical purpose, I know).


February 6, 2012

bb propdoc doubleplusgood repbook go
bb propdoc doubleplusgood repbook go

There is a fictional language in the book called Newspeak. it essentially removes all antonyms,synonyms,and most adjectives and verbs in the English language. Its structure is really interesting (see my discussion post "Language!" for a better understanding). The caption here is my own example of what Newspeak might look like in everyday modern life. The caption in modern English might read "This propaganda poster/document is an extremely good representation of the book by George Orwell (1984)."

February 6, 2012
Similarity?
Similarity?

Ok. This is the first thing that I though about reading this book. (Of course it comes back to video games...) The first image is simply an interpretation of Big Brother from the book, while the second image is of one of the main characters from a game called Bioshock. His name is Andrew Ryan, and he is the founder/conceptualizer/leader of an underwater utopia called Rapture. Big Brother is the founder and leader of The Party. Next... Rapture WAS a perfect utopia for a time, until events happened that threw it into disarray. in a similar way, the Party continued as a utopia until events occurred which, instead of dissolving, transformed into a negative version of its original design. Interesting..

February 13, 2012
The main motto of The Party
The main motto of The Party

There's a word in Newspeak called "Doublethink." The whole idea of doublethink is incredibly cruel and confusing, but also very intriguing to think about. It basically is the assertion that something is correct and you KNOW it is correct, like gravity, or the fact that we have a moon, while at the exact same time accepting and KNOWING the exact opposite. You are essentially brain-cheating, believing both one thing and its polar opposite at the exact same time. The entire function and foundation of The Party revolves around the central idea of doublethink. Its quite hard to explain without reading the book, but it's frightening all the same.

February 14, 2012
Statistics on modern surveillance
This article just gives an idea of how much we have embraced (we?) technology in its current role of spying on its own people. I don't know whether I agree or disagree, but it's interesting nonetheless.

February 14, 2012

This commercial was presented in 1983 by Apple as a bid to unveil the Macintosh 2 to the world. It shows a propaganda-spouting Big Brother on a screen and the rows of Outer Party members marching to the same beat to come and listen. The rest is self-explanatory, except how the lady running looks like an Olympic champion. Maybe 'cause she has bright colors...

Disclaimer: (A little late, I know)
So, I know my posts are kind of...LAME. But, when I read this book, I don't usually get many ideas and connections that have any significance. If I did more often, I might post them. Other people's pages, unfortunately, run off of the assumption that finding relations in the book to real life and experiences in necessary for the project grade. While it's great if you can, it does not benefit anyone when you force yourself to find commonalities among things just for a grade (I feel). So that's the reason my posts are pretty much all writing. The only things I can relate in this book (besides Big Brother looking like Hitler and Andrew Ryan) is the way that human nature (and governmental nature, to a point) is described and depicted in the book. I see many truths and similarities to the way that life has been in individual humans' minds since forever ago (circa).

February 15, 2012

SLIGHT SPOILER!

Anyway, so this book could be described as a modern tragedy. The book starts off in a negative setting. Things end the exact same way they began, nothing changes. The first time I read the book I was completely miffed that the story didn't end up with any positive notes whatsoever, but the second time over made me see better the reasons WHY Orwell decided to do what he did. The book is meant to make aware, to warn, to teach/educate, to predict. If the ending was happy and bright, it would just be a nice story; but when the thing just goes full circle, it shows an even more frightening side to the true nature of the power in 1984.

February 15, 2012
As somewhat of a continuation of the previous post, the power of The Party in 1984 is astounding. When ANYONE speaks out against them or even thinks a though considered "wrong" by a special unit called the "Though Police," The Party then has the ability to remove ALL documents and any other evidence even remotely related to the person. The person is then known in Newspeak as an "unperson," or one who has essentially been vaporized in all respects. They now never existed. And with the previously stated principles of doublethink, no one ever remembers remembering the person, so they are truly gone.

February 15, 2012
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/02/13/120213fa_fact_widdicombe?currentPage=all
This longform article I could more relate to the idea that you can make anyone believe mostly anything, or take credit for numerous things that are not yours or were not created by you (like The Party in 1984).

February 15, 2012
"Who controls the past, controls the future..." is another extremely prevalent motto of The Party, and immediately made me think of RATM's song "Testify." Notice the lyrics towards the ending of the song... familiar?
This song doesn't have any bad language, as far as I know, unless you watch a live version with some, so don't look at those if you care.


February 15, 2012
In conjuction with the two previous posts, I would like to talk about the preservation of information. In the book, The Party uses everything at their disposal to alter the past. All historical books are either rewritten to show all things as being discovered and invented by The Party or are destroyed outright. In this way, and again using doublethink, they can make all under their power believe that everything that The Party says is true. Of course, today that could never happen, right?...(although if you look at the patterns of human nature it probably will never be able to happen even if our government wanted it to. Which it doesn't...and our government is consisting of humans. I think.)

February 16, 2012
external image printcrimemini.jpg I thought this picture was funny. Not that it's true, but funny. It's really not supposed to be funny, as it is simply an illustration made by the former South Park animator Martin Cendreda for a short story called "Printcrime" made by the author Cory Doctorow and published by Secret Headquarters. I find it funny because Cory Doctorow also made a book called "Little Brother," which draws numerous references to 1984. I thought it was ironic to use this picture here as the book "Little Brother" could be considered "Printcrime" on 1984. :) Or maybe I'm just being dumb and tired since it is now... 11:48. Which is mostly my fault, but oh well, can't change it now (I'm not like The Party)