The Ship

War is Peace

To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free, when men are different from one another and do not live alone – to a time when truth exists and what is done cannot be undone:

From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink – greetings!

George Orwell, 1984


Fearing for his life, 1984’s Winston Smith scratches these words, with an old-fashioned fountain pen, on the first blank page of a diary.  In a regime where everything is seen, it is a hidden, illegal and subversive act; it reaches across time, connecting with the ‘future unborn’ in an attempt to describe the repressive regime of IngSoc to a readership which, Winston hopes, will – at the time of reading – have moved beyond it.

A recent stage adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 reminded me how much this novel still speaks to contemporary culture.  [click to continue…]