Each year around this time someone remembers that George Orwell’s iconic novel Nineteen Eighty- Four was first released in June of 1949. I think that bringing attention to the book is always a valuable exercise, now more than ever. Ironically, in just the past few days, one of the most dangerous, proto-Fascist members of the U.S. Congress was actually referencing Orwell’s book to attack the very people struggling to save our democracy from her ilk. Any way, the short video below offers a succinct summary of the novel and explains why it remains relevant.
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Bought on a whim in Waterstones and just finished – Burning The Books by Bodley’s Librarian Richard Ovenden, a hugely important and relevant read tracing the wilful destruction of knowledge from the shattering of clay tablets 3,000 years ago to today’s manipulation of digital data held by the privately owned tech giants. To quote George Orwell in his classic 1984 “the past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth”. Highly recommended, especially to all my friends working in journalism.
Incidentally, I was surprised he didn’t mention Burma. Unless I didn’t hear properly. I thought I had read his main inspiration was what he saw when he lived in Burma.
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