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I was 7. There’s a book?!??!


Whoa, just read a bit about it. Big brother and a memory hole. What a mess. Samsung TVs are pretty close to what they then thought was a brain washing machine that can listen.
 
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The Book Has Become Popular Therefore Even If It's Good I Won't Admit I Like It.
Why Do You Type Like This? The problem with the book is how people use it as tool to show off their presumptuous intelligence, when in reality more than half the people who claimed to have read it didn't at all. And they still have to shove it literally everywhere. Trump wins the election? 1984 was right! Some company does something shady? 1984 was right!! It's raining? 1984 did it!!!
 
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The problem with the book is how people use it as tool to show off their presumptuous intelligence, when in reality more than half the people who claimed to have read it didn't at all. And they still have to shove it literally everywhere. Trump wins the election? 1984 was right! Some company does something shady? 1984 was right!! It's raining? 1984 did it!!!
I'm sure it happens, but I can't fault them. Maybe I've yet have to see people use it inappropriately(1), but in the majority of cases I've seen mostly...how to call it?...inside jokes, interwoven in the conversation in such a way that someone not having read the novel doesn't understand the origin and/or implications (e.g. "...is really applying for the junior anti-sex league").



(1): okay, I can remember one instance: someone who assumed that "Brave new world" and "1984" were very comparable. That was one time I was sure the fellow hadn't read 1984 but assumed that "dystopian" and "written mid last century" meant that they're even remotely close.
 

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I haven't read it... but I guess I should some time. I have read 1Q84 though (ichi-kyuu-hachi-yon which sounds the same as "one nine eight four" in Japanese), by Haruki Murakami. It has nothing to do with 1984 except the similar title.

Speaking of books that are popular to name-drop to seem intelligent, even if they haven't read it: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. I have it, and only read about 50 pages or so just to check it out / preview it, but I wanted to read a few other books first (finishing up a fantasy series and stuff).
 

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It's not that it's 'hip' to like the book (or just infer that you like the book) - the book has always been a popular work of contemporary fiction, and is considered a 'must read' in the same vein as Lord of The Flies, Catcher in the Rye, Fahrenheit 451, A Clockwork Orange, and many others.
Quoting Kurt Vonnegut lines peeves me far more... so it goes
 

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