Orwell’s “1984”in the Age of Social Media

Had George Orwell written “1984” today, might his bleak world of the future, where the only free expression of  thought was internal, have been turned into something less sinister and despairing? From that alternate version, I give you the final brief meeting of Winston Smith and Julia (Part III, Chapter 6)???.

“They sat down on two iron chairs, side by side but not too close together. He saw that she was about to speak. She moved her clumsy shoe a few centimetres and deliberately crushed a twig. Her feet seemed to have grown broader, he noticed. 

‘I unfollowed you,’ she said baldly. 

‘I unfollowed you,’ he said.” 


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