1949: Big Brother–2009: Big Barack–Room 101–Newspeak–Redux Nineteen Eighty-Four!

Posted on March 27, 2009. Filed under: Art, Philosophy, Politics, Uncategorized, Video, War | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“I worked out an anarchistic theory that all government is evil, that the punishment always does more harm than the crime and the people can be trusted to behave decently if you will only let them alone.'”

~George Orwell

 

 

George Orwell 1984 P1

 

Barack Obama speech – Election Night – Times Square NY 

 

Room 101

“You asked me once, what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.”

~O’Brien

 

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

 

George Orwell

“Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950),[1] better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English author. His work is marked by a profound consciousness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, and a passion for clarity in language.

Considered “perhaps the 20th century’s best chronicler of English culture”,[2] he wrote works in many different genres including novels, essays, polemic journalism, literary reviews, and poetry. His most famous works are the satirical novel Animal Farm (1945) and the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). …”

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Orwell

 

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic dystopian novel by English author George Orwell. Published in 1949, it is set in the eponymous year and focuses on a repressive, totalitarian regime. The story follows the life of one seemingly insignificant man, Winston Smith, a civil servant assigned the task of perpetuating the regime’s propaganda by falsifying records and political literature. Smith grows disillusioned with his meagre existence and so begins a rebellion against the system that leads to his arrest and torture.

The novel has become famous for its portrayal of pervasive government surveillance and control, and government’s increasing encroachment on the rights of the individual. Since its publication, many of its terms and concepts, such as “Big Brother,” “doublethink” and “Newspeak” have entered the popular vernacular. The word “Orwellian” itself has come to refer to anything reminiscent of the book’s fictional regime. …”

“…The Thought Police later capture Winston and Julia in their sanctuary bedroom and they are separately interrogated at the Ministry of Love, where the regime’s opponents are tortured and killed, but sometimes released (to be executed at a later date). Charrington, the shop keeper who rented them the room reveals himself an officer of the Thought Police. After a prolonged regimen of systematic beatings by prison guards and psychologically draining interrogations by Party loyalists, Winston is subjected to electroshock torture by O’Brien, who tells Winston it will “cure” him of his “insanity”, which O’Brien claims undeniably manifests itself in the form of Winston’s hatred for the Party. During a long and complex dialogue, O’Brien reveals, in what is the most important line in the book, that the motivation of the Inner Party is not to achieve a future paradise but to retain power, which has become an end in itself. He outlines a terrifying vision of how they will change society and people in order to achieve this, including the abolition of the family, the orgasm, and the sex instinct, with the ultimate goal of eliminating anything that may come between one’s love of Big Brother and Ingsoc. It will be a society that grows more, not less merciless as it refines itself, and a society without art, literature, or science, so that there are no distractions from their devotion to the Party, or any unorthodox thought, which is also meant to be achieved through the eventual eradication of Modern English, or “Oldspeak”. During a session, O’Brien explains that the purpose of the ordeal at the Ministry of Love is to alter Winston’s way of thinking, not to extract a confession, and that once Winston unquestioningly accepts reality as the Party describes it, he will be executed. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four

Room 101

Room 101 is a place introduced in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. It is a torture chamber in the Ministry of Love in which the Party attempts to subject a prisoner to his or her own worst nightmare, fear or phobia.

 

You asked me once, what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.
 
— O’Brien

Such is the purported omniscience of the state in the society of Nineteen Eighty-Four that even a citizen’s nightmares are known to the Party. The nightmare—and therefore the threatened punishment—of the protagonist Winston Smith is to be attacked by rats. Smith saves himself by begging the authorities to let his lover, Julia, have her face gnawed out by the ferocious rodents instead. The torture—and what Winston does to escape it—breaks his last promise to himself and to Julia: never to betray her emotionally. The book suggests that Julia is likewise subjected to her own worst fear, and when she and Winston later meet in a park, he notices a scar on her forehead. The original intent of threatening Winston with the rats was not necessarily to go through with the act, but to force him into betraying the only person he loved and therefore break his spirit.

Orwell named Room 101 after a conference room at BBC Broadcasting House where he used to sit through tedious meetings.[1] …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_101

 

1984 ~~ Part : 01 of 12

 

 

1984 ~~ Part : 02 of 12

 

 

1984 ~~ Part : 03 of 12

 

1984 ~~ Part : 04 of 12

 

george orwell 1984 P5

 

 

george orwell 1984 P6

 

 

george orwell 1984 P7

 

 

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1984 ~~ Part : 07 of 12

 

1984 ~~ Part : 8 of 12

 

 

1984 ~~ Part : 9 of 12

 

1984 ~~ Part : 10 of 12

 

1984 ~~ Part : 11 of 12

 

1984 ~~ Part : 12 of 12

 

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