1984

Climate Change Denial Extends To The EPA As Scott Pruitt Silences Scientists (Video)

Climate Change Denial Extends To The EPA As Scott Pruitt Silences Scientists (Video)

Perhaps people thought it was “fake news.” Two years ago, an article appeared in the Miami Herald about Florida Department of Environmental Protection officials being barred from using the terms “climate change” or “global warming” in official communications, emails, and reports. Right away, those familiar with British author George Orwell’s iconic dystopian novel 1984 began drawing parallels between the […]

Glenn Beck’s Fake College History Class Is Ridiculous (VIDEO)

Glenn Beck’s Fake College History Class Is Ridiculous (VIDEO)

Do you like American history – especially history in which the Founders never did anything wrong and the American Revolution was fought to free the slaves? History in which the Founders rejected evolution and chose creationism almost a century before Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species? If you answered a vacant-eyed “Yes,” then I […]

Government Agencies Responsible For Addressing Climate Change Barred From Referring To It (VIDEO)

Government Agencies Responsible For Addressing Climate Change Barred From Referring To It (VIDEO)

Two years ago, either during or shortly before I began teaching a unit on George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984, I came across an article about the state of Florida’s ban on the use of the terms “climate change” and “global warming.” I read it with my students, who were shocked actual governments engaged in the kind of […]

More Than 180 Art-House Theaters Playing The Movie ‘1984’ This Week (VIDEO)

More Than 180 Art-House Theaters Playing The Movie ‘1984’ This Week (VIDEO)

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains references to both the book and film titled 1984.  As technology becomes more ubiquitous, and surveillance (both from government and private institutions) becomes more prevalent, George Orwell’s novel 1984 is coming much closer to being a fortune teller than a work of fiction. Now, with President Donald Trump’s White House at […]

Trump Is Turning Into A Censoring Big Brother (TWEET/VIDEO)

Trump Is Turning Into A Censoring Big Brother (TWEET/VIDEO)

Not long after President Donald Trump was inaugurated, Kellyanne Conway was in an interview when she turned a set of lies into “alternative facts.” Now, we are headed toward alternative language under the Trump administration. Trump has started a war on the media because he doesn’t like the things they say about him. He tweeted: […]

Big Brother Is Here: Submit To Scanning Of Social Media, Phone Contacts Or Leave (VIDEO)

Big Brother Is Here: Submit To Scanning Of Social Media, Phone Contacts Or Leave (VIDEO)

We are just days into the Donald Trump presidency, and already George Orwell’s 1984 is starting to seem more and more true to life (plenty of Americans agree: 1984 is back on Amazon’s best seller list, despite being published in 1949). We may be taking another giant step towards that precipice, judging by some of the ideas […]

George Orwell’s ‘1984’ Is Starting To Feel Realistic (VIDEO)

George Orwell’s ‘1984’ Is Starting To Feel Realistic (VIDEO)

In 1949, George Orwell published one of the best pieces of dystopian fiction of the century. When I saw Trump getting sworn in, it made me think of this book. His attacks on the freedom of the press and freedom of speech could potentially lead to something like the society portrayed in this novel. Now […]

12 Novels That Almost Had Very Different Titles

12 Novels That Almost Had Very Different Titles

While we may know the names of a great many novels now considered to be “classics,” most of us don’t realize that more than a few of these books began with titles that often leave us scratching our heads and wondering, What in the world was the author thinking? Here are a dozen examples that […]

Berlin Wall Falls! Twenty-five Years Later…

Berlin Wall Falls! Twenty-five Years Later…

1989 was a banner year. It was the year of the Tiananmen Square Massacre and of the Danish enacting the first Domestic Partner registry giving same sex couples the rights and responsibilities of marriage. It was the year of Solidarity coming to power in Poland and South Africa beginning to dismantle Apartheid. It seemed realistically […]