Oniichan is watching you
Nineteen Eighty-Four (or 1984) by George Orwell, is a 1949 English novel about life under a futuristic totalitarian regime in the year 1984. It tells the story of Winston Smith, a functionary at the Ministry of Truth, whose work consists of editing historical accounts to fit the government’s policies. The book has major significance for its vision of an all-knowing government which uses pervasive and constant surveillance of the populace, insidious and blatant propaganda, and brutal control over its citizens. The book had a substantial impact both in literature and on the perception of public surveillance, inspiring such terms as ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Orwellian’.
The world is controlled by three functionally similar totalitarian super-states engaged in perpetual war with each other:
– Oceania (ideology: Ingsoc or English Socialism) comprises Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, Polynesia, Southern Africa, and the Americas.
– Eurasia (ideology: Neo-Bolshevism) comprises continental Europe and northern Asia.
– Eastasia (ideology: Obliteration of the Self, usually rendered as “Death worship”) comprises China, Japan, Korea, and Northern India.