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Michael Gene Sullivan | Posted 01.27.2017 | Arts
Michael Gene Sullivan

In 2006 I had the good fortune to meet Arianna Huffington after a performance of my stage adaptation of George Orwell's "1984," which was being produc...

The U.S., Colombia and Human Rights Doublespeak

Dan Kovalik | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

Critical to the U.S.'s ability to get away with its backing of monstrous crimes is the Orwellian nature of U.S. government rhetoric about "democracy" and "human rights," and the main stream press's eagerness to parrot this rhetoric and selectively report upon human rights abuses.

When Pigs Fly (into the Mouths of Competitive Eaters)

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 06.24.2016 | Weird News
Crazy Legs Conti

Somewhere in the distance the "What Trenton Makes the World Takes" sign was lighting up but isn't that slogan a bit defeatist? Still rumor has it that come late September only one of the two different and separate competing pork roll festival will have a Major League Eating event.

American Petroleum Institute Ads Target Smog Rules

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 06.11.2016 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

In a move that seems ripe for a John Oliver comedy segment, the American Petroleum Institute (API) has taken to radio, print, television, and social media to blanket Americans with the concept that our air is just fine the way it is -- more specifically, that ozone pollution doesn't require any further regulation.

Awaiting the Great Post-Orwellian Novel 2051

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Convergence and divergence, centralization and fragmentation: it's a vision of a planet that's not exactly Orwellian, but certainly represents a nightmare worthy of some still-to-be-discovered Orwell of our moment.

Privacy Is Theft: An Orwellian Proposition That Outdoes Big Brother

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 05.12.2015 | Home
Joseph A. Domino

There are many ways to view a circle: one as a closed system. Once a cog is admitted to the circle, it is designed to remain in place and help sustain the whole. The new cog in Dave Eggers' novel, The Circle, is a young woman named Mae.

Burmese Days

Francis Levy | Posted 02.18.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

Many artists become so attuned to making their own subjective experience into an object that they are no longer able to enjoy the unmediated experience of reality.


Francis Levy | Posted 01.21.2015 | Media
Francis Levy

Newspeak is definitely a language that one has to learn like French or Spanish and like all language it contains its own river of meanings that lies under the superficial veneer that the words create once they are encoded into a particular syntax.

Barcelona Journal V: Barceloneta

Francis Levy | Posted 09.30.2014 | Travel
Francis Levy

When you ask the concierge in your run of the mill upscale Barcelona hotel where to go for fish, he or she will generally point you to Barceloneta.

Amazon Drones: Orwellian Mayhem?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 02.14.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled his grand vision for drone attacks on our porches and personal spaces. From a warehouse to your front door, goods delivered in record time with minimal hassle. What could possibly go wrong with that? Pretty much everything and here's why.

Growing Up With Nelson Mandela

John K. Herr | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
John K. Herr

Nelson Mandela deserves a place of honor with the dissidents and dreamers who knocked down the Berlin Wall and defeated the Soviet Union. And I am honored to have grown up watching it happen.

Here Comes the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, Dragging a Broken Moral Compass

Norman Solomon | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The announcement of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, set for October 11, is sure to make big news. The prize remains the most prestigious in the world. But the award has fallen into an evasive pattern, ignoring the USA's continuous "war on terror" and even giving it tacit support.

The Essential Newt Gingrich -- Petty Tyrant, Thug

Paul Abrams | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

No one has been more of a divider and promoted the ugliness of politics more than Gingrich -- and he now accuses supporters of the 99% movement to be "un-American" and divisive.

Shooting an Elephant

Jeff Danziger | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Big Brother v. Little Brother

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Weigant

In a police state, citizens live in fear of the police monitoring them. But what do you call it when the police themselves know that at any time or place while they are performing their duties, the citizens could be monitoring them?

Comcatastrophe; or, Who's the Best Republican President Since Clinton?

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Still got freedom -- to watch what Big Brother shows us and run on his wheel....

Soros Warns U.S. Could Be on Verge Dictatorial Democracy, Slams Fox News, Glenn Beck

Robert Lenzner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Lenzner

In an extemporaneous conversation with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Soros mentioned George Orwell's novel, 1984, as a possible precedent for the kind of fantasies being promulgated in our culture today.

Making Afghanistan's Fraudulent Regime Seem 'Barely' Credible

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

The anticorruption campaign against Karzai's administration has become even more complicated because crooked elements within his inner circle are being paid off by the CIA, according to Afghan and American officials.

'1984' First Edition Found In Charity Bin

Telegraph | Bonnie Malkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Paul Hol, a volunteer for the charity Lifeline, found the book when he was sorting through the pile of donations. "It's in a remarkably good condition...

Inflation May Be Under Control, But Watch Out for Conflation

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

As a 22 year-old cub reporter for a music magazine, I freaked when my boss assigned me to interview "'The Strawberries,' a very important group," whic...

What Do Hobbits, Robots, and Yahoos Have In Common?

Mark Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark Peters

Words come from everywhere. TV shows are productive -- look at "Battlestar Galactica's" "frak," Stephen Colbert's "truthiness," and "30 Rock's" "blurg...

Elton John Working On Musical Of Orwell's 'Animal Farm'

The Guardian | Sean Michaels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Sir Elton John is reportedly working on a stage adaptation of Animal Farm, teaming up with the writer of Billy Elliot, for a musical version of Georg...

10 Best Books That Are Years (PHOTOS, POLL)

Laurence Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Laurence Hughes

Instead of focusing on books that were published this year, how about focusing on years that have been published as books?

Fox News is Not Just Biased -- It's a Cult

Bryant Welch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bryant Welch

For cults, and Fox News, their objective is total control of the victim's mind so that the viewer becomes the easily manipulated pawn of the cult. Right, Glenn Beck? Bill O'Reilly?

My Kindle Ate My Homework

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marc Hershon

Amazon slapped my sense of ownership and control across the face yesterday when I learned they reached right into the Kindles of anumber of customers and deleted -- irony of ironies -- copies of George Orwell's 1984.