George Orwell’s “1984” is a brilliant, brilliant work of political fiction, and it needs just the brilliant person(people) to create a brilliant concept. One brilliant concept that was delivered to the world was Apple Macintosh’s 1984 advertisement, and another brilliant concept that I recently became aquainted with is “Students for Orwellian Society” or SOS for short.
The SOS are going through current events with an America-centric look that fit into the 3 basic ideals expressed in the book “1984” – War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery and Ignorance Is Strength. (If you are not familiar with “1984”, go here for a summary.) Here are some of my favorites:
War Is Peace
- Oceania (commonly called the US and Britain) is at war with
AfghanistanIraq. Oceania has always been at war with AfghanistanIraq.
- It’s okay that there were no “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq; that’s not why we went to war. It’s equally okay that there are so many of them in Oceania.
- The Nobel prize committee has been considering nominating George Bush and Tony Blair for their prestigious Peace prize.
- “In order to fight terrorism, we must cause it,” says Donald Rumsfeld.
- “I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we’re really talking about peace.” says George W. Bush.
Freedom Is Slavery
- The Anti-Terrorism Act ensures US citizens’ freedom by ensuring the FBI‘s ability to examine their activities.
- Wearing a t-shirt which says “Protect Our Civil Liberties” is, of course, obscene, and will get you kicked out of campaign rallies.
- Security cameras have been placed around the Columbia campus and around the island of Manhattan.
- If you are buying postage, do not ask for stamps without flags on them. Such would clearly be a sign of lack-of-patriotism, and we at SOS are glad to see that the Post Office is cracking down on it.
Ignorance Is Strength
- Osama bin Laden’s messages will no longer be shown in Oceania.
- There is no dissent in this country. Those who disagree with President Bush are merely confused.
- Government agencies are requesting that certain government reports be removed from public librarie