If George Orwell wasn’t a prophet, what would you call him?

Do any schools still require students to read 1984, or is that too dangerous to those who seek to gain power by dumbing us down?

Bloggers, never:

  • lower your standards and use the too-easy profanity,
  • forget how to use logic and thought,
  • use ad hominem and straw man attacks, or
  • cave into “political correctness,”

…lest you become a mindless slave of the system.

Keep learning, expand your vocabulary, and continue honing your literary skills, even when people don’t understand you and mock you for it.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Invisible Mikey
    Jun 16, 2016 @ 18:13:01

    I would call him a writer of speculative fiction, and an essayist. Speculative fiction requires guessing about the future. He guessed right in some ways, and not in others. Hardly anything in the book had happened to that degree by 1984, so he wasn’t a prophet. And our sort of Newspeak comes as much from decades of inadequate, dumbed-down public education as from the actions of a dictatorship.

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    • Lloyd's of Rochester
      Jun 18, 2016 @ 13:20:35

      Calling him a prophet was hyperbole, of course, but although things didn’t happen quite as quickly as he thought (rarely does), he was an excellent judge of human nature in many ways.

      Many authors of speculative fiction of that era (Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, etc) had a better understanding of the depravity of human nature and its outworkings than nearly any current politician, and certainly than most contemporary conspiracy theorists.

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