Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
The Lively Arts
In George Orwell’s 1984, Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in
Oceania, a place where the Party scrutinizes human actions with
ever-watchful Big Brother. Defying a ban on individuality, Winston dares
to express his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with
Julia. These criminal deeds bring Winston into the eye of the
opposition, who then must reform the nonconformist.
1984 introduced the watchwords for life without freedom: BIG BROTHER
IS WATCHING YOU. Written in 1944 near the end of World
War II, 1984 depicts a society controlled by a perfectly totalitarian
government where technology is wielded as a weapon to inundate citizens
with propaganda and to monitor thoughts and actions. Imagined before the
existence of computers, this dystopian future explores the power of
technology as a mental manipulator and source of curated information.
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