Two days ago, I came across this news article:
This news caught my eye, and I was thrown back into the summers of last year, when I was slowly being absorbed into the Airstrip One and Winston’s vain struggle to break an unbreakable system.
There’s no doubt that Donald Trump is one of the most talked about president of United States of America. Check out this Google search trend comparison between Trump and Obama:
As you can see, Trump is on a whole new level, and rightly so. His antics are, amusing to say the least, and his constant presence on Twitter helps as well. This popularity, no doubt brings controversies as well. But this particular comparison of Trump with Big Brother is quite striking, at least to me as a bibliophile.
So I thought, why not try and piss off the feds once?
What is going on in the year 1984
1984 is a novel written by George Orwell in the year 1949, and is about a dystopian society of an alternate version of the year 1984. By dystopian, I mean the type of world where everything at surface seems fine and functional, but in reality is hollow from the inside. The England, I mean Airstrip One, ruled by the enigmatic Big Brother depicted in 1984 is just that. Some of the popular terms this book introduced were thoughtcrime, doublethink & unperson. thoughtcrime refers to the ideas and thoughts which were not in favour of the ruling party. doublesthink is accepting two contradicting ideas simultaneously (comparable to hypocrisy, but not quite so). unperson is complete erasing of any person’s existence who has done any wrong to the state.
The most distinct feature of the book, and most paralleled to Trump however, is the erasure of truths. The protagonist of the novel, Winston Smith, works at the Ministry of Truth as an editor. His work there is to erase and modify everything which does not conform to the ruling party’s ever-changing ideology and facts. The world around Wisnton is completely devastated with continuously waged wars under the pretext of freedom, and the lack and actual acceptance of every kind of repression including lack of basic amenities of food and sex.
How does all of this fit in with the President? In January, Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer stated that the press has been “deliberately false reporting” about Trump’s inauguration ceremony, following up his claim with some statistics about how people have taken Metros to reach the inauguration grounds.
Read the news article here: