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It was supposed to be a warning, not a manual
Harumble8617/02/2020 19:45

It was supposed to be a warning, not a manual


I'm old enough to remember when it belonged in the fiction section
They should just call this 2020 and move it to the factual section.
Double plus good.
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Thanks OP
Double plus good.
Huxley called it better for me.

But then I am particularly fond of the bit where he dropped loads of acid and then wrote page after page about his trousers. So...
It was supposed to be a warning, not a manual
Harumble8617/02/2020 19:45

It was supposed to be a warning, not a manual


I'm old enough to remember when it belonged in the fiction section
Essential reading
We're living it!
Nice one OP wanted to read this for a long time now i can
They should just call this 2020 and move it to the factual section.
burko198117/02/2020 20:10

Essential reading


I think it would have to be converted to phone text for most people under 25 to read it these days.There going to struggle on every long word version otherwise. Personally i didnt really like it when we were reading it at school.
Was this 99p on Internet Archive? Always thought this was free.
pdf version is easiest to read (From a formating perspective)
A book about a totalitarian state with a picture of London City Hall on the cover. I'll say no more in case big brother really is watching.
Thanks ddazza99 🙃
Now this really is a free book listing worthy of heat, for a change.
I had an enlightened English teacher at school and we studied this book when I was 14 back in the 1970s.

Well done dazza99.
Harumble8617/02/2020 19:45

It was supposed to be a warning, not a manual


The key difference being that Big Brother isn't being forced on us. Instead we CHOOSE to put Alexa in our homes, use our Nectar card, and allow our phones to track our location.

When the Thought Police turn up at your door it's nobody's fault but your own.
Is an audio book version available?
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Meh, preferred Animal Farm
xigent17/02/2020 23:58

A book about a totalitarian state with a picture of London City Hall on …A book about a totalitarian state with a picture of London City Hall on the cover. I'll say no more in case big brother really is watching.



Yep, London IS the modern 1984
nice find.
Edited by: "ssc1" 18th Feb
Thanks. I guess it's as G.O. died 70 years ago precisely that his works are out of copyright now...? So now also look out for many adaptations of the story in your local bookstores and cinemas!
This is an automatic OCR version. Fyi iBooks and Kindle version doesn't look very good.
Heat added - I saw this for 99p from Amazon earlier.
BarrGunter18/02/2020 08:00

The key difference being that Big Brother isn't being forced on us. …The key difference being that Big Brother isn't being forced on us. Instead we CHOOSE to put Alexa in our homes, use our Nectar card, and allow our phones to track our location.When the Thought Police turn up at your door it's nobody's fault but your own.


Not everybody does those things! “Big Brother” IS “being forced on us”. I get your point but you comment is narrow minded/ ignorant.
littld17/02/2020 20:03

I'm old enough to remember when it belonged in the fiction section


Listened to the Audiobook recently... scares the living day lights out of me..... I can't believe we have social scoring in the east .. then I found out that the police do traffic lighting in the UK...
They (Internet Archive) also have the movie staring John Hurt & Richard Burton:
archive.org/det…984
++good
It won't connect to the site for me
Is it the abridged version?...
BarrGunter18/02/2020 08:00

The key difference being that Big Brother isn't being forced on us. …The key difference being that Big Brother isn't being forced on us. Instead we CHOOSE to put Alexa in our homes, use our Nectar card, and allow our phones to track our location.When the Thought Police turn up at your door it's nobody's fault but your own.


I don't choose to be filmed everywhere I go or have every word I speak or I write on the internet scrutinised or bashed because it doesn't fit a certain narrative yet it happens all the time. Is that my fault too?

I have a mobile. It's location tracker is turned OFF. IF it knows where I am it's doing so without my permission.If my voice is being recorded every second of every day in my own home even if i'm not using my mobile to talk to someone how is that legal? Justify that.

Also on the subject of stuff that can find you why do VPNs exist if the government or whatever wasn't trying to keep you from seeing or knwoing stuff except what they write or tell us?

Trying to say that Big Brother isn't forced upon us is rubbish. It is. Pay for anything using any method and it's trackable. Walk down any street and cameras not only know where we are, who we are talking to (even if it's ourselves) and how many stores we go to even if it's just to browse, what type of socks and underwear we buy and how long before we buy the next lot.

Welcome to the real world where you can't even think against the latest narrative never mind voice an opinion on it.
Edited by: "evosquest" 28th Feb
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