Two Minutes Hate in the Blogosphere
Fred, who did graphic design for RECon, is doing a comic book of 1984. (The copyright on 1984 has expired in Canada.) He also had great “Big Brother is Watching You” posters, one of which I bought. Fred (pictured, left) was also good enough to introduce my talk, and provide a hanging banner. You can order your own at 1984comic.com.
That aside, he had with him panels from the comics. To me, the most striking are his renditions of Two Minutes Hate. As you may remember, Two Minutes Hate are a mandatory part of the lives of citizens in 1984. People get together to yell and scream at cartoon straw men.
As Orwell writes:
Goldstein was delivering his usual venomous attack
upon the doctrines of the Party–an attack so exaggerated and perverse that
a child should have been able to see through it, and yet just plausible
enough to fill one with an alarmed feeling that other people, less
level-headed than oneself, might be taken in by it. He was abusing Big
Brother, he was denouncing the dictatorship of the Party, he was demanding
the immediate conclusion of peace with Eurasia, he was advocating freedom
of speech, freedom of the Press, freedom of assembly, freedom of thought,
he was crying hysterically that the revolution had been betrayed–and all
this in rapid polysyllabic speech which was a sort of parody of the
habitual style of the orators of the Party, and even contained Newspeak
words: more Newspeak words, indeed, than any Party member would normally
use in real life.
Remind you of anything?