Thursday, April 2, 2009

Descriptions of Dystopia

George Orwell, A Prophet?

Yesterday I discovered an interesting fact. Not many people read Orwell anymore. He's added terms to our cultural language such as "Big Brother" and "doublespeak" but he gets assigned to college students who promptly write blogs about the "invasive searches in the name of terorism by the Bush administration." The universal warning is lost if we don't look critically at the whole phenomenom of government overreach.
It doesn't matter who's doing the overreaching. A change of administration can mean that the ability to rule by executive order changes from a "good thing" to a "bad thing."
Goerge Orwell's 1984 [click to read] is a book I challenge everybody to read -- especially in light of modern current events.

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