A lot of time has passed since 1984. In fact, even more time has passed since the middle of the last century when a young fellow named George was furiously making final corrections to the redline copy of his latest manuscript. Fortunately, Mr Orwell was something of a pessimist, so the dystopian future he envisaged has yet to arrive. Actually, I was a bit worried by the proliferation of web-cams a couple of years back, but it seems to have been more of a fad, than the true wave of tomorrow.
Nevertheless, before I drift entirely off the topic, it is worth noting that one of the inspirations for the novel – human nature – has been much slower to evolve than modern technology. Society-at-large has managed a slightly better showing and in many countries, intolerance has become more and more of an individual thing than a matter of policy. Still, there are those who always know better than you do. About everything. This Is How Things Should Be is the inscription carved into the blade of their ever-present Sword of Righteous Indignation. I personally believe that ‘should’ is an awfully hefty word to wield, as it sometimes needs to be supported by tanks and other military hardware.
I’ve never been able to figure out how one can be the standard-bearer for Truth and Justice AND still be able cut down every alternative viewpoint. It would require a third metaphorical hand, which is just plain ridiculous.