View Poll Results: Have you read the (novel) '1984'?

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    Re: 1984

    [QUOTE=Canell;1061921649And remember, Big Brother is watching you. [/QUOTE]

    Uh, was he watching me last night, too?

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    Re: 1984

    Gulliver's Travels has never been out of publication since it first was printed in the 1700's. 1984 has some catching up to do.

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    Re: 1984

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    Abandon hope. Sigh, not that anybody will recognize Dante either.
    The entire point of the quote: "he who controls the past controls the future, and he who controls the present controls the past" is that the average person doesn't recognize or understand such references.
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    Re: 1984

    Was a pretty good book, personally I liked Animal Farm more.
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    Re: 1984

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    I'd suggest that you go to Google Scholar and type "Orwell prophetic" in the search bar.
    Getting hits in Google (even Google Scholar) doesn't mean a concept is valid. I know there is a fashion for seeing 1984 as a propetic vision of the future, an expectation of what 1984 could be like from 1948 but as I say, I find that simplistic at best.

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    Re: 1984

    Quote Originally Posted by HonestJoe View Post
    Getting hits in Google (even Google Scholar) doesn't mean a concept is valid. I know there is a fashion for seeing 1984 as a propetic vision of the future, an expectation of what 1984 could be like from 1948 but as I say, I find that simplistic at best.
    So you didn't check for yourself, eh? I'd call pubs from decades ago more than a little "fashion."

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    Re: 1984

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    Was a pretty good book, personally I liked Animal Farm more.
    I read Animal Farm on my own in college. I don't know why it wasn't required in high school. It was a perfect metaphor for how this country has been going the past several decades.


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    Re: 1984

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    So you didn't check for yourself, eh? I'd call pubs from decades ago more than a little "fashion."
    I did, though I initially thought you were trying to direct me to something specific. It doesn't change my opinion that describing 1984 as a whole prophetic is simplistic. It was a dramatisation of something Orwell felt could happen, though his context was more contemporary than the 1984 title implies. There is certainly much to be read in to the political and social commentary behind the story, but that is worthy of more than throw-away terminology and the opportunistic politicing it's typically used for (as per the OP article).

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    Re: 1984

    The one main image from 1984 that I remember is the daily exercises on the televisions every morning. And Winston found this little spot in his apartment where he could hide from Big Brother and NOT do the mandatory exercises.


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    Re: 1984

    And to the 2 people who said they haven't read it and won't read it -- why not? What do you have against knowledge?


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