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Author's Note: Reposted as a jpeg in order to display the title properly as 1984 struck through, followed by 2004, as I was unable to do so using the regular copy and past method. In response to Kristina’s comment and suggestion, this poem was inspired by George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Written in 1949, for those unfamiliar with the story, it takes place in a futuristic society/police state, in which the world is in a continual state of war. In reality, by 1984, although the Cold War was still being waged, Orwell’s alternate reality had not materialized. However, in the wake of 9/11 (2001), as a result, by 2003/2004, all that would change. The world has since seen unprecedented security measures put into place, especially at airports and other transportation hubs. It would also bring about unheard of international police surveillance, made all the more prevalent with new technology, including the Internet. Although in the West we have yet to reach the extreme that Orwell suggested, one can only wonder with recent terrorist and counter-terrorist activities, where the world is heading. There are of course strong arguments on both sides in terms of human rights and freedom as to the degree and effectiveness of these measures. For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four

Posted on 01/13/2015
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Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/13/15 at 04:04 PM

Somehow I like the idea of the different decades in the title, the one following the other. You could easily add 2014 and it would still be relevant, if not even more pointed in its effect. Are the younger generations familiar with 1984?, and if not, this reinforces it.

Posted by George Hoerner on 01/14/15 at 12:51 AM

Very nice if a bit scary. I know things that are in my FBI file.

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