1984 Reloaded

December 21st, 2003 – 7:59 pm
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On a film commentary site called The Cinematic Verses, they’ve done a comparison between the movie version of 1984 and current reality.

This burst of dystopian storytelling proved to be a terrifying yet clarifying experience for me, but I was left thinking that the world presented in the novel and particularly in the film was a bit unrealistic. It would be impossible for the citizens of a Western-style democracy to surrender their decisions to the state, and it would be impractical for a totalitarian government to spy on its public to the degree depicted in the story. These were comforting presumptions, and they let me sleep well for almost two decades. But like swallowing Morpheus’ red pill, recent events and technological trends resulted in a stunning realization for me about the reality of our world: that we live in a subtle variant of 1984.

Obviously there’s a great deal of interpretation needed to make a comparison like this, but I think the author makes some good points. It’s well worth a read.

[via CaitlĂ­n R. Kiernan’s Low Red Moon journal]

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