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Log In. The dystopia described in George Orwell’s nearly 70-year-old novel “1984” suddenly feels all too familiar. A world in which Big Brother (or maybe the National Security Agency) is always listening in, and high-tech devices can eavesdrop in people’s homes. (Hey, Alexa, what’s up?) A world of endless war, where fear and hate are drummed up against foreigners, and movies show boatloads of refugees dying at sea. A world in which the government insists that reality is not “something objective, external, existing in its own right” — but rather, “whatever the Party holds to be truth is truth.” “1984” shot to No. 1 on Amazon’s best-seller list this week, after Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Trump, described demonstrable falsehoods told by the White House press secretary Sean Spicer — regarding the size of inaugural crowds — as “alternative facts.”

Egypt releases student arrested over Orwell’s 1984. By Staff Writer | Al Arabiya News Wednesday, 12 November 2014 Egyptian student Mohammed Taha, 21, was released on Tuesday after he was arrested on suspicions of threatening state security, Egyptian media reported.

Egypt releases student arrested over Orwell’s 1984

Student arrested for carrying George Orwell's novel 1984. Security services arrested a student in front of the main gate of Cairo University for carrying George Orwell's novel 1984, which tackles corruption and dictatorial military regimes.

Student arrested for carrying George Orwell's novel 1984

According to investigations supervised by Major General Mahmoud Farouk, head of Giza investigators, student Mohamed T., 21, who resides in the neighborhood of Warraq, was arrested Sunday while in possession of two cell phones without batteries, two USB drives, a hard disk and a copy of the novel 1984 that speaks about a dictatorial ruling party that criminalizes political rebellion. The security says they found also notes on the student referring to the Islamic caliphate and how it should be applied in a country, according to investigations. Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm. 1984 Symposium: Jura (with images) · johnperivolaris. After a walk of four miles Barnhill appears below at a bend of the path, overlooking its own natural harbour out of which Eric Arthur Blair would strike out in his motorised dinghy, rounding the north of the island to camp on the west coast of Jura.

1984 Symposium: Jura (with images) · johnperivolaris

On one occasion he lost his outboard motor, nearly drowning in the whirlpool of Corryvreckan, whose waters the Admiralty deems unnavigable. Today, mist renders the house as ghostly as the great writer who inhabited it towards the end of his life. Audioboo. 1984 Symposium: Jura (with images) · johnperivolaris. Audioboo. Embed Code options.


The Rest Is Silence 6. The Picnic is a Political Act. On June the 25th 2014, it will be the seventh continual year there has been a symposium (picnic) at George Orwell’s grave.

The Picnic is a Political Act

It’s also of course his birthday. Back in 2007 we sat on the grass sharing food and drink, experiences and stories. As we have done every year since. Asking questions, discussing threatened freedoms and eroded civil liberties… all things Orwellian. We once used the hashtag #1984 ..then twitter broke numbered hashtags so we now use #1984Symposium It’s always been a small but international gathering. Not this year through. “Ahead of the 25th of June, those attending the annual Orwell picnic might wish to reflect on the philosopher Simon Critchley‘s appraisal of our world at this moment in time:‘Pessimistic is the right word – in the sense in which all optimism is gone, it’s totally evacuated. So.. all are welcome. We live in fascinating times. There are morel, social and ethical considerations to be made if we are hobble this totalitarian tiptoe.

Coca-Cola Security Camera Ad Encourages Viewers To 'Look At The World A Little Differently' Security cameras capture more than just burglaries, brawls and automobile accidents.

Coca-Cola Security Camera Ad Encourages Viewers To 'Look At The World A Little Differently'

They also capture sweet, everyday moments of people just being, well, people. It's those feel good moments Coca-Cola highlights in a new video advertisement that urges viewers to "look at the world a little differently. " Set to the song "Give A Little Bit," the clip features security camera footage from around the world showing people kissing, dancing, helping the homeless, saving others and, yes, sharing a Coke. A representative from Coca-Cola Latin America explained the spot is meant to elicit those warm, fuzzy feelings.

“We want to remind people that acts of kindness and bravery are taking place around them all the time,” Guido Rosales told Media Bistro's Agency Spy. And though some viral ads get a bit corny, CBS' William Goodman admits the clip was a "total feel-good video that actually had this blogger smiling. " The Moral Compass of Millennials » Citings and Sightings.

1984 & Brave New World

1984 Looks Like This. John Perivolaris and christian Payne photographed by David Dunnico On the 2nd of May this year I took a walk from Manchester into Salford with Dr John Perivolaris.

1984 Looks Like This

(Here is a conversation we had on the way.) We were heading to see David Dunnico’s Exhibition entitled ‘1984 Looks Like This‘ currently showing at Salford Museum and Art Gallery until the 1st of July. I first met Manchester based David Dunnico at a talk I participated in entitled ‘Photography and Security’ organised by the RedEye network. John Perivolaris. Walking into Salford.

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Walking into Salford