The Book: 1984 by George Orwell
An insightful piece of literature with an uncanny ability to predict the future. A dystopian masterpiece of cynicism, idealism and revolution. Orwell as a philosopher, sociologist, linguist and creative genius. 1984 is a horror story predicting the exstinction of humanity with no happy ending.
An author with a past in journalism, activism with great political identity. Orwell’s novels need no name, they speak for themselves always as did he.
I don’t think there is much to say that hasn’t already been said about this book except it is without a doubt one of the most genius pieces of work; a staple of 20th century literature and without a doubt one of my most favourite pieces of work. Orwell is a name I very well much prescribe to and he is a great influence for my own creative work.
Many of us walk down the streets blissfully unaware of the constant cameras trained on our faces. We are grateful for the use of CCTV when it comes to the investigation of crime, and no one can doubt how it has benefitted us in recent years.
Don’t get me wrong when it comes to the investigation of a crime CCTV is our best friend. But we appear to have bypassed the mass invasion of privacy that this had induced upon our society, and on our private lives.
We have hounded the press and fought for our rights as civilians about the breaches of Privacy and Defamation they have caused. And yet we have campaigned and supported for the erection of these peep holes throughout the country, and in doing so have allowed ourselves to be susceptible to the misuse of information and we have ignored the potential threat that poses when it lies in certain hands.
The sharing of private conversations through texting and social networking such as Facebook and I-cloud has been proven time and time again unreliable and easily hacked, leaving them open for any wandering eyes to look at. We only have to remember the events that surpassed last year when the naked photos of over one hundred female celebrities were leaked into the public sphere, showing there is genuine reason for concern.
How many scandals have existed where investigations into a politician’s personal life have been leaked to the front page and changed their lives forever?
The scarier part is that a lot of these things, in particular what cameras may pick up of our daily lives, is for the most past unknown. Newspapers edit the daily world news into a forty page publication. Officials decide what knowledge the public may have access to. Security tapes are locked away and stored by corporate bodies and law enforcement – the everyday Joe/ Jane gets no peek at what notes are being made on them and in turn has made us blind.
Orwell in his dystopian novel ‘1984’ has invented the corporation of Big Brother; a party representative of English Socialism who are carefully changing the country’s language, by constricting and destroying it. They are everywhere: cameras and TV screens watch them constantly in their homes, searching for the slightest hint of discontent and condemning those who show any signs of protest and rebellion. They punish those who even think in a different way to what the party dictates.
They use Newspeak to limit how people may think, and their only goal is to cut words from the dictionary so people will no longer be able to think, act or speak autonomously or in any such way that could challenge their authority.
It is essentially a horror story, the death of the human. The taking of our individuality and the idea that people believe this is a better way of life, that this will lead to the creation of a Utopia.