Credible Sources for George Orwell

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https://www.bl.uk/20th-century-literature/articles/nineteen-eighty-four-and-the-politics-of-dystopia

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“One of the crucial questions about Nineteen Eighty-Four is whether Orwell is interested in the potential for opposition to the totalitarian state, or if his last book offers only despair. Orwell lived just long enough – he died in January 1950 – to see his book appropriated by right-wing political forces for the defence of American freedom, against which he protested in vain. This was the beginning of a long dispute over the interpretation of the book, which shows no sign of ending. Is it an anti-communist rant of a comrade who betrayed the cause? Or is it principally anti-fascist, a chilling realisation of the totalitarian imaginings of the German or Italian fascist state? But perhaps the book was anti-capitalist too, since one of the biggest influences on Orwell was James Burnham’s critique of the rise of a ‘managerialist’ class in both East and West, Russia and America, that would see technocrats overwhelm democratic institutions in the future?[2] Is it a humanist lament that is so despairing that it ends up building a monument to anti-humanism? Nineteen Eighty-Four is a mirror: it is impossible for the reader not to find their own politics reflected, challenged or distorted in its fiercely polished plain prose. This is perhaps why so many towering literary and political critics have ended up engaging with the novel in one way or another.”

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In-depth analysis of the political climate during George Orwell’s life and how that influenced key parts of his well-known dystopian novel, 1984.

Author(s):

  • Roger Luckhurst

Title:

  • Nineteen Eighty Four and the politics of dystopia

Publisher:

  • British Library

Date:

  • No date.

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https://www.wired.com/2008/02/does-the-techno/

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“We can’t know what George Orwell, author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, would think about his old neighborhood being watched by dozens of cameras. It’s not hard to make an educated guess.

But while the West is a society under surveillance, the novel’s sinister technology goes far beyond CCTV. Science fiction, like Oceania, can tailor technology to an arbitrary vision of reality. Even now, could a totalitarian government craft 1984 as Orwell described it?

Telescreens

Often compared to today’s ubiquitous cameras, Nineteen Eighty-Four’s telescreens were sinister creations: huge, thin, and inherently two-way.”

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Interesting article that compares the tech from George Orwell’s 1984, published in 1949, to the technology of the modern world.

Author(s):

  • Rob Beschizza

Title:

  • Does the Technology of Orwell’s 1984 Really Exist?

Publisher:

  • Wired

Date:

  • February 5, 2008

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http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21337504

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“For years the question of Orwell’s intentions in Nineteen Eighty-Four has caused great debate.

With a few exceptions on the far left, every political tendency has wanted to claim him. So there has been a well-established and heartfelt desire on the more moderate left to claim that Orwell was indeed a genuine socialist whose warning was aimed at totalitarianism in general, not at the left per se.

The right, of course, have had the easier task of suggesting that Orwell was writing about what he appeared to be writing about. It seems to me that the right probably has the better argument.”

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Article from BBC detailing George Owell’s life and how the geopolitical environment in which he lived and influenced his well-known novel, 1984.

Author(s):

  • David Aaronovitch

Title:

  • 1984: George Orwell’s road to dystopia

Publisher:

  • BBC

Date:

  • February 8th, 2013

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/books/1984-george-orwell-donald-trump.html?_r=0

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“Even outside the United States, interest in “1984” has grown. So far this year, sales have risen by 20 percent in Britain and Australia compared to the same period a year ago, according to Jess Harrison, a London-based editor at Penguin Books. The novel is usually a best-seller, she said, and it sold 100,000 copies last year in English-speaking countries outside the United States and Canada. “But we’ve definitely seen an uplift” in sales, she added.

Dystopian novels are “chiming with people,” Ms. Harrison said, adding that “The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K. Dick, an alternative history in which the Nazis defeated America to win World War II, is also selling well. A television series based on Mr. Dick’s novel is now in its second season at Amazon.”

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Report from NY Times detailing increases in sales of Orwell’s 1984 related to 2016 U.S. Election and Kellyanne Conway ‘alternative facts’ comments.

Author(s):

  • Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura

Title:

  • George Orwell’s ‘1984’ Is Suddenly a Best-Seller

Publisher:

  • The New York Times

Date:

  • January 25, 2017

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http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/06/sales-of-orwells-1984-increase-as-details-of-nsa-scandal-emerge/

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“Sales of “1984,” George Orwell’s 1949 classic novel about the oppressiveness of government overreach and life in a world where there is no place to escape the watchful eye of Big Brother, have risen more than 3,000 percent on Amazon since the country learned of the U.S. government surveillance programs.

As of noon today, the book was number 5 on the “movers and shakers list,” which represent the biggest gains in sales over the past 24 hours. The book’s sales rank had jumped to 194, from 6,750 Monday.”

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ABC News report on an increase in 1984 book sales after news reports of mass NSA surveillance programs in the U.S. that seem reminiscent of the book’s plot.

Author(s):

  • Alana Abramson

Title:

  • Sales of Orwell’s ‘1984’ Increase as Details of NSA Scandal Emerge

Publisher:

  • ABC News

Date:

  • June 11, 2013

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