Sunday, September 9, 2007


It may have been years since you had to read it for junior English, or slogged through it in a pot-haze, or never read it at all, but do yourself a favor: read it again: NOW. Shit is cheap nowadays, yo. I don't know how he did it, but George Orwell mysteriously saw a century into the future, and understood better than anybody where the societal trends of his time would inevitably lead us:

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.

The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats. At one end of it a coloured poster, too large for indoor display, had been tacked to the wall. It depicted simply an enormous face, more than a metre wide: the face of a man of about forty-five, with a heavy black moustache and ruggedly handsome features. Winston made for the stairs. It was no use trying the lift. Even at the best of times it was seldom working, and at present the electric current was cut off during daylight hours. It was part of the economy drive in preparation for Hate Week. The flat was seven flights up, and Winston, who was thirty-nine and had a varicose ulcer above his right ankle, went slowly, resting several times on the way. On each landing, opposite the lift-shaft, the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran.

It will break your heart, shatter your mind, and maybe, just maybe, wake your silly ass up!

One craaaazy muhfuggah...

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