The dominant reading of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, “1984” has been that it was a dire prediction of what could be.
Denis Hamel Côté
In the year 1984, there was self-congratulatory coverage that the dystopia of the novel had not been realized. However, an expert argues that the technologies described in the novel are here and watching us.
Written as the Cold War became entrenched, 1984 was meant as a warning on the nature of state power. Understanding this power is even more important today.
George Orwell's dystopian classic can tell us a lot about contemporary politics and power, from Donald Trump to Facebook.
Renato Musolino is the beating heart of a new production of Animal Farm.
An impressive solo performance of Orwell's classic novella by Renato Musolino portrays a world not so far from our own.
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Why don't politicians just say what they mean? Because we might not like it.
A day after Donald Trump met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, he told lawmakers the U.S. should have more immigrants from places like Norway and not “shithole” countries like Haiti.
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Donald Trump's language has disturbing similarities to the words and verbal tactics used by fascists, including his cries of "fake news" and his obsessive exaggerations about his achievements.
‘Man Combating Ignorance’ – what’s science’s role?
Century of Progress Records, 1927-1952, University of Illinois at Chicago Library
There's no shortage of problems facing humanity. Science's role in how to tackle them has long been debated – including memorably by two of the 20th century's greatest literary figures.
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Boris Johnson and Michael Gove may not be the stuff of Orwell's dystopian nightmare, but they clearly know how to talk in 'doublespeak'.
Is speaking some evil really so bad?
We gave four scholars from different disciplines a chance to offer their opinions on this important question.
Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates is famous for having been called wise in part because he wouldn’t label himself wise.
It is a tall order to try to become wise. And the bad news is that it appears harder than many philosophers have thought.
A painting of Alex played by Malcolm McDowell in Stanley Kubrick’s film of A Clockwork Orange.
On the centenary of Anthony Burgess’s birth – A Clockwork Orange had a profound influence on the cultural and political landscape.
Alternative facts owe more to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World than Orwell's 1984.
Every crystal ball has a shelf life, even the most prescient.
The best selling book on Amazon is '1984' – which was originally published in 1949. A historian from Case Western Reserve University considers how the novel helps us think about our present moment.
Protestants hold a Sunday service in the open air in Jakarta. Their efforts to erect their own church buildings have been blocked by hardline Muslim groups.
Truth’s victory over hate propaganda is neither automatic nor preordained. It requires a commitment to equal rights and norms of tolerance.
Dumile Feni’s ‘African Guernica’ - charcoal on paper.
‘African Guernica’ is an incredibly powerful work of art in many ways, importantly filling that space between the visible and the visible.
The silence at the end of Rio 2016 will only last until we switch on our televisions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Olympic Games are a theatre — sometimes farce, sometimes tragedy, reality TV, morality play or soap opera — where geopolitical, social and technological dramas are played out.
Why did Turkey’s government go after academics soon after the coup?
A scholar who grew up in Turkey explains the important role Turkey's academics play and why, following the recent coup, the government went after them.
Every year thousands of students read George Orwell’s 1984 and are doubtless convinced that its perspective on language and power is “definitive”. Except that it’s not; and hasn’t been since at least the 1970s.
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Many still regard George Orwell’s 1984 and its message about the nature of language and power "definitive". But globalisation has revolutionised how we communicate; 1984 tells us nothing about our future.
Edward Burton, aka Eric Arthur Blair, aka George Orwell.
If you had been walking down Mile End Road in London on Saturday December 19, 1931, you would have witnessed a scene common in the days before Christmas across Britain. A man who had celebrated a little…
One thing’s clear, there’s a whole lot of duckspeak afoot.
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Writer Will Self grabbed headlines earlier this week by referring to George Orwell as the “Supreme Mediocrity”. He wrote: The curious thing is that while during the post-war period we’ve had many political…