Monday, June 21, 2010

1984

I've been a long time listener of 'Buzz Out Loud' (BOL) on CNET. com since I accidentally found it few hundreds episodes back on iTunes Podcast. I like the hosts and the 'meat' of the show which is all about reporting and commenting tech news that non-tech listeners would be able to understand and enjoy. The show gives me a good perspective on what people think on tech stories/news. While listening to my archive in traffic this morning, in episode# 1250, an email from a listener was read out. Some of the wordings (see below) in that email really got my attention and makes me go hmmmm...........

"the ability to instantly change the information on the internet allows us to instantly change a part of history. This is a foundational point that George Orwell’s masterpiece 1984 advised society to guard against. He who controls the past, controls the future. Without the physical proof of a fact, the fact becomes a myth which only resides an individual’s mind."

OMG! such thought is so provocative! I've never thought about this concept which can be presented in words in such crisp and clear manner. As a side effect, that get me curious to get a hand on George Orwell's book - 1984. I heard of this book before 1984. Being told that that book was written in 1948 by the author who had kinda foretold a version of future of the world in 1984 where people's freedom were limited and controlled by some freaking political system or something....

Certainly, that future never really came on 1984. At that time, I was still too young to read such complex book. Also, I got an impression that it would be a waste of time to read some old 'dated' books. Cos, I thought 1984 had already been passed, why would I read such book when it was already 1990s or beyond? Similarly, you wouldn't read a book about how to prevent Y2K bugs in 2001. However, as time goes by, every now and then, the context of 1984 had been brought up here and there. I think it got to me to a point that I need to put this on my reading list down the road. I don't know when I will read that book, but certainly this book is a keeper.

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