Testify by Rage Against The Machine, Room 101 on the BBC and Big Brother on Channel 4/5. Before reading 1984 the inspirations and quotations were all around me, it was only a matter of time before I’d be indoctrinated into reading this literary classic. Praise be to the Party.
1984 is a suggested vision on the future if the big wigs in charge got out of hand. Well, it was a future vision back in 1949, we’ve long since past 1984 and we aren’t being controlled by television screens and being taken down for thinking against the party. Hmm, actually that isn’t far off what’s happening now or bordering on happening… 1984 gets a lot right, even if everything is led to an extreme.
The story follows a Party member, Winston, who starts to doubt the integrity of the Party’s truth and slowly starts breaking the rules. He writes his thoughts within a diary, keeps check on how the past is changed, hangs around Proles (us common folks), enjoys sex and buys random tat related to the old times. It hits a vital point when he meets Julia, and the two go off breaking rules together. With the fears of Thought Police and Telescreens always watching, it’s only a matter of time before things take a turn for the worse. The story of the two often gets drowned out from all the exposition of the world and concepts, but it always remains captivating. No matter how grim or technical things get.
1984’s story may get bogged down by all the discussion on a totalitarian state, but it serves as a warning, one which is as relevant today as it was in 1984.