Everything is incongruity, irregularity, irony.
Nothing makes sense.
George Orwell political satire 1984
Published in early 1949, George Orwell's 1984 is the most important piece of political satire of our times. To this day, Orwell's one truly great book impels us to launch giant antitrust suits against companies like AT&T and IBM. Big Brother. The Thought Police. Newspeak. Doublethink. These are all Orwell's words, Orwell's ideas. In fact Orwell has added his own name to the English language: Orwellian--the word is filled with chilling power.
The future that Orwell describes in 1984 is a future of an evil machine controlled by an evil ministry. Orwell calls the machine "the telescreen"--a sort of two-way television set. Telescreens are bolted to every wall, they hang on every street comer, and in every living room, even in the toilets. There is no way to shut them off. The telescreen connects to a huge Ministry that towers over central London. The machine is evil because it serves as the eye and ear of the Ministry. And the Ministry is powerful because it is master of the machine. Indeed, Big Brother, the omniscient, omnipotent leader of the state, has never been seen in the flesh. He is nothing more than a face and a voice on the telescreen. And every minute of the day and night, Big Brother is watching...you.
SOURCE: "1984. - book reviews". Reason. FindArticles.com. 20 Dec, 2009. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1568/is_n7_v25/ai_14780345/
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This work for the guided reading handout is due upon our return to school on Mon - 11/30/2009. NOTE: You may use your HW pass for questions 1-6; however - Principles of Newspeak and Writing Challenge REQUIRED. HW PASSES may not be used for READING -- just for questions!