October 31, 2014

Have you read 1984 lately? [Poll]

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[Don't forget to take the poll at the bottom and leave your comments if you've read the book]


If they haven’t already, apparently, a lot of people will be reading George Orwell’s classic predictions about big government soon. In the wake of the NSA snooping–allegations of listening in on Verizon customers and the PRISM program that supposedly tracks electronic communications through sites like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and others–George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 and his much shorter (and more readable) Animal Farm  have seen a surge in sales.

Sales of at least three editions of 1984 have skyrocketed in recent days, according toAmazon’s Movers & Shakers page, which tracks items with the biggest positive sales change over the past 24 hours. Sales of the Centennial Edition of the book, for instance, had increased by more than 4,000 percent as of Tuesday afternoon. The book was ranked fifth on the Movers & Shakers list at press time.

(Orwell’s Animal Farm, another dystopian classic, has also seen an increase in popularity of more than 250 percent.)

Ironically, I happen to be among the recent readers, though to my credit I can claim to have started reading it before the NSA leaks.

Will you be reading it anytime soon? Have you read it? And do you think it applies? Or are you more of a Aldous Huxley type?

Please take the poll and leave your thoughts on Orwell’s book in the comments.

About Daniel Burton

Daniel Burton lives in Salt Lake County, Utah, where he practices law by day and everything else by night. You can follow him on his blog PubliusOnline.com where he muses on politics, the law, books and ideas. He is active on social media, Republican politics, and has been named to PoliticIt’s list of the “Top-50 Utah Political Opinion Leaders” on Twitter. You can reach him directly at dan.burton@gmail.com

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