To Orwell Today,
I am a journalism major at San Francisco State and am currently working on a story about how our modern society in 2012 is becoming more and more like the society that George Orwell wrote about in his novel 1984.
I have a few questions about what you're doing with orwelltoday.com, and was wondering if you were available for an interview (either via e-mail or phone, whichever is more convenient for you). What I'm wondering is:
- What got you interested in creating orwelltoday.com. Was it something that just happened, i.e. did you just have a sort of epiphany that our modern society was so similar to Orwell's 1984? Or did you set out to look for similarities between today and 1984 that might not have been "obvious" (i.e. language being used to mislead the public)?
- What are some of the most frightening commonalities between the book and our reality, and if you think that there's any hope for our society to dig itself out of the holes that our politicians (and perhaps the public in general) have dug us in to.
Actually, I answer the questions you're asking in a recent interview on One Radio Network with Patrick Timpone, excerpts of which were made into a short video. Go to JACKIE JURA INTERVIEW TALKING "1984" and WHAT IS TWITTER? and TWITTER IS ORWELLIAN NEWSPEAK.
All the best,
~ an independent researcher monitoring local, national and international events ~