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Friday, 15 May 2009

Orwellian society, Big Brother and Two Minutes Hate

I was listening to Radio 5 and they were doing one of their call-in things.
It subject was expenses, as everything is at the moment.
It reminded me of Two Minutes Hate from Orwell's 1984.
The enemy is shown in all their evil while people vent their anger, like with the bankers and the other targets dangled in front of our noses to distract us from the detailed happenings in the world.

1 comment:

Rana said...

I had the same thoughts while watching the public lynching on Question Time - for most people, this scandal seemed primarily an excuse to spew out frustration about the royal mess that the bankers have made of the economy and other things that most people feel otherwise powerless about.

And you have hinted elsewhere at an obvious yet unstated agenda - the whole exercise seems to be an attempt to reduce the credibility of the political system as a whole - the government are all cheats, let's have less government, let the oligarchs run free