Gopnik, Adam. Orwell’s 1984 and Trump’s America, https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/orwells-1984-and-trumps-america
1984 has always resonated with readers as a commentary on current events and a warning about what could happen if we succumb to totalitarianism, and sales of the novel often peak in times of political turmoil. These two articles, both published in the same magazine four years apart, compare the novel to both the Trump and the Obama administrations.
A short selection of 1984 references in current events since the book was published
An early adaptation of 1984, as a radio drama intended for people in Orwell’s day.
Tavlin, Noah. What “Orwellian” Really Means, https://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-orwellian-really-means-noah-tavlin
An animated short explaining the difference between merely totalitarian and “Orwellian.”
Kirn, Walter. “Little Brother is Watching.”, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/17/magazine/17FOB-WWLN-t.html
In this article, the author argues that in contemporary society, the threat of “Big Brother” has been transformed into “Little Brother”—online mob mentality and collections of internet trolls.
Does the Language I Speak Influence the Way I Think?, https://www.linguisticsociety.org/content/does-language-i-speak-influence-way-i-think
Does the language you speak influence the thoughts you think? Could Newspeak’s goal of eliminating independent thought by removing complex words have worked? The Linguistic Society of America provides some answers.
In 2014, two researchers claimed that the Elf on the Shelf was unwittingly training children to live in an authoritarian state and to accept regular violations of privacy.