This essay breaks no new ground in discussing George Orwell’s novel 1984. But it does show how the books ideas continue to maintain supremacy.
Robert Hassan, Associate Professor, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, is actually reviewing the play 1984. The play addresses the post modern surveillance state as it exists today. Hassan puts the current ideas in context.
“But physical terror alone has its limits. It must be accompanied, as Orwell saw in Mein Kampf, and in an idea he freighted into 1984, by what Hitler called ‘the big lie’, die grosse lüge. To repeat a lie as truth endlessly through narrow communication channels that people cannot avoid will convince many, or enough of them, that it is true: 2 + 2 = 5.”
Interesting what he says about Facebook.