The year is 1984. Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia. Under the ever watchful gaze of Big Brother, Winston Smith rewrites history for the Ministry of Truth in London, capital of Airstrip One. What happens when he starts to question the system...?
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is Strength.
2 + 2 = 5 ....
If you are unsure of what book to choose, 1984 is the book that most centrally relates to our theme.
The ideas of "Newspeak", "Big Brother", the "Thought Police" and "Doublethink" all originate in this heavily influential book.
Manipulation of language, and technological and human surveillance are major tools of the "Party," the totalitarian regime of Oceania.
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Newspeak attempts to eliminate personal thought by restricting the expressiveness of the English language. All nouns are also verbs.
By governments, corporations, devices, hackers, each other...
During the 1984 Super Bowl, Apple Computers introduced the revolutionary new "Macintosh" computer with this commercial based on the movie version of 1984.
[Here can go any book specific questions or "things to think aboutwatch out for while you read this book"]
Consider these questions as you are reading your book. Having answers to them, with quotations from the book (cite page number) as supporting evidence will be very helpful when it is time to discuss and assess your reading.
1. When was your book written? When does it take place? How does that compare to 2017?
2. Who holds power or authority in your book?
3. How does technology affect the daily lives of the characters in your book?
4. What kinds of information or media is communicated in your book? -- News? Advertising? Entertainment? Education? Propaganda? etc?
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