Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Daily Conspiracy: 1984

1984: Reality imitates art - Or how a warning by George Orwell got ignored by a distracted and dumbed down population

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) is a satirical political novel written by George Orwell, it introduced the concepts of the ever-present, all-seeing Big Brother. The story takes place in a nightmarish dystopia where the omnipresent State enforces perfect conformity among members of a totalitarian Party through indoctrination, propaganda, fear, and ruthless punishment.

~ Sounds familiar ~
  • Legalizing torture in 2006
  • False Flag ops by Western Governments blamed as terrorist attacks by Muslims.
  • Supposed anti-terrorism laws in violation of human rights are being signed worldwide.
  • You can be found through your cellphone, payments, your ip adress, even your printed paper...
  • The NSA is wiretapping civilians in the land of the free! Feel safer now there's a PEACE activist database?!
  • Throughout the world cameras are in the streets, shopping malls, stores, even below water in swimming pools now.
  • The mainstream media is so unreliable nowadays loads of people started monitoring-websites to try to unspin the political bias.
  • In the USA plans for Civilian Inmate Labor Camps can be found on the official military site, the prisoners here would be supposed terrorists and "fifth column civilians" supposedly disloyal Americans who 'sympathize & collaborate' with the enemy (the terrorists of Al Qaeda, the CIA creature & Phantom Menace). For example conspiracy theorists like Christopher Bollyn.
  • Some countries merely use drivers licenses as identification, others like Belgium already have electronic passports you can run through a machine, Britain's Labour party has just passed legislation for ID cards with chip-and-pin technology and including biometric data like fingerprints. In other countries like Spain and the USA testruns with microchip implants have been reported...



  • "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever" George Orwell
    -
    "In her opinion the war was not happening, the rocket bombs that fell daily on London were probably fired by the government of Oceania itself, just to keep people frightened. That was an idea that had literally never occured to him..."
    from 1984
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    "Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them
    are not really progress at all, but just terrible things."
    Russell Baker



    1984
    "The time is 13 o'clock; the date doesn't matter; the year goes without saying. Winston Smith, a bureaucrat at the Ministry of Truth, toils day and night in the service of Big Brother, the remote, faux-benign ruler of this eerily familiar dystopia. Orwell's novel is a study of every possible way a nation can be beaten down by its government: spiritually, physically, intellectually, by the media, torture, surveillance, and censorship, to the point where the state can manipulate reality at will. When Smith is tempted by a beautiful resistance fighter into an act of rebellion, 1984 becomes something more: a strange, tragic, deeply sad love story. It is Orwell's triumph, and the century's misfortune, that 1984 is as prescient as it is pessimistic."
    Lev Grossman

    1984 Summary:
    In a grim city and a terrifying country, where Big Brother is always Watching You and the Thought Police can practically read your mind,
    Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. He knows the Party's official image of the world is a fluid fiction.
    He knows the Party controls the people by feeding them lies and narrowing their imaginations through a process of bewilderment and brutalization that alienates each individual from his fellows and deprives him of every liberating human pursuit from reasoned inquiry to sexual passion.
    Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.

    "Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state."
    Noam Chomsky


    "I don't mind being accused of being an 'escapist.' On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break."
    Robert Anton Wilson

    2 comments:

    Michael Skaggs said...

    Nice post dedroid! I could not agree more with it. It's hard for people to admit I think when they have facts right in their faces. CCTV, security cameras, invasions of privacy, etc. etc. Many will turn that blind eye simply because they refuse to think that it could happen to them. More disassociative states to make life easier. I do think it was a book much ignored by the masses, BUT I do remember it was REQUIRED READING back in school here in the States, which makes me wonder now...Hmmm.

    Be well!

    dedroidify said...

    Wow required reading, that's cool. That wasn't the case in my schools. I got Day of the Triffids though :p. Maybe it was for entrainment purposes :p haha.