Living ‘1984’ in 2017

by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News


Nearly 70 years after it was first published in 1949, sales of George Orwell’s book, 1984, have skyrocketed.

All thanks to President Donald Trump.

Since Trump took the oath, “1984” has become Amazon’s number one bestseller in political fiction — with a sales increase of 9000% — printing more than 70,000 books, according to the Washington Post.

George Orwell’s dystopian novel was first adapted for the big screen in 1954, and again in 1984.

The film version of “1984” was screened in nearly 200 theaters across the US on Tuesday night.

Organizers say it was done to take a stand against alternative facts, and resist President Donald Trump.

In Jersey City, New Jersey, hundreds came out to see 1984, including first timers.

“I’ve never read the book,” said citizen Rafael Cruz. “You know, we’re in Orwell-ian times and I had to see it for myself…”

1984 was written in 1949, to show what totalitarianism looks like.

A fantasy of the political future, where tyranny is overseen by a political regime called “Ingsoc,” or Big Brother.

The government persecutes individualism or independent thinking, as  “thoughtcrime,” which is enforced by the “Thoughtpolice.”

“My biggest take away… part of human nature to fight for that individuality, and yet there is a part of collectiveness that is also part of this…they feel like they are at war with each other,” said Eulani Labay.

“That’s what we’re living right now, 2 plus 2 equals 5, or whatever number they choose to put in there,” said Julia Méier

It’s a world where ignorance is strength, where the press is an omnipresent propaganda, and the alternative facts are facts of life.

“People should watch this movie because they can see how scare tactics can both harm people and can also make people think, double plus good,” said Antonio Lovari.

“We need to resist, we really need to get there and put our hands down, and maybe fist them up,” said Méier.

The latest movie adaptation of “1984” is now in production, and will be directed by Paul Greengrass.

A play based on the dystopian 1984 is also set to preview on the Great White Way this summer.



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