Essay: On Room 101, Thought-Crime and Big BrotherNineteen Eighty Four to me and many others is a chilling, frightening novel. Orwell's description of a near-future dystopia spawned the phrases 'Big Brother', 'Thought-crime' and of course 'Room 101' and gave them the significance they hold nowadays. All three are concepts that despite existing only in an Orwellian society have comparable equivalents in the real world. Big Brother - the supposedly omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient ruler of Oceania, rather than the reality TV show - had a parallel in the recently deceased leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Il. Currently thought-crime does not exist; governments cannot read the minds of their citizens or punish them for the thoughts they have. Room 101, much to our good fortune does not exist or have any real-world equivalent.
However, all of these concepts are still possible; they are not bound to the realm of dystopian science fiction. Unfortunately for us 'proles' the normal people, these ideas seem to be starting to bleed th
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