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Monday, 10 October 2016

Nineteen-Eighty-Four At The HangOut

Well you can say one thing for the HangOut Club, apart from it being a fantastic venue, it's never boring!  How about this for an unusual night in Second Life, a evening in George Orwell's famous novel 1984.  HangOut owner/dj Janis Short picked a very interesting theme in Orwell's much read, but frightening book. Janis played some awesome tunes and the club looked great with its Big Brother decor.  

George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was published in 1949, yet amazingly draws close comparisons to life today and how life tomorrow could soon look.  Wicki says "The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (or Ingsoc in the government's invented language, Newspeak) under the control of a privileged elite of the Inner Party, that persecutes individualism and independent thinking as "thoughtcrime." Indeed, other famous writers around at the same time predicted how the world would look in the future, HG Wells with his New World Order and Aldous Huxley with his novel Brave New World.  These gentlemen definitely had visions of the modern world, a massive achievement considering their era.    

Orwell's book may be depressing, but we all had a good time!  Cheers George, we are re-writing our own final chapter where we live happily ever after!

Janey Bracken

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