1984 in 2019: the Orwellian World we Live in
“It’s a bright cold day in June here in Sydney, Australia, and the clocks were striking sixteen a little over sixteen minutes ago.”
That’s a rewritten version of the opening sentence of George Orwell’s seminal novel 1984. It was written at the peak of the Cold War. This Saturday will mark 70 years since 1984 was published. Yet its themes and concepts still remain relevant today. How has this Orwellian literature stood the test of time? Professor Robert Hassan, head of the Media and Communications programme at the University of Melbourne, gave us further insight.