Published on January 27th, 2017 | by Flipside0
English Lit Student Bitterly Remarks “I Liked 1984 Before It Was Mainstream”
The ascension to power of Donald Trump, combined with the use of certain colloquialisms in the public sphere, and last week’s common sharing of the quote ‘And if all others accepted the lie which the party imposed-if all the records told the same tale- then the lie passed into history and became truth’ has forced 3rd year English Literature student Becky Morris to point out to anyone who will listen that she has ‘always actually loved 1984’.
Morris said, ‘I would never tell any of my friends this but I was pretty ambivalent about the whole dangerous, xenophobic, women-hating, disabled-mocking, redneck-pandering, it’s always has to be about me, me ,me, thing that he did, and does. I only saw he’d won the election because it was trending on my newsfeed. But then it I noticed the bigger issue. ‘Fake news’, ‘Alternative facts’. It was only a matter of time and I knew it. It first happened that evening. I saw someone post on the Guardian comments section and then it slowly trickled, becoming a tidal wave that even Canute himself would have been helpless to control. I actually read 1984 during my GCSEs! I actually have a tea towel with quotes printed on it, it’s my thing. It’s like Catcher in the Rye all over again. I read it when I was 15 and thought how much I connected with the text, but of course, everyone in the school said Duncan Smith was the first to read it because he had to go and stab a maths teacher. I might just tell people how I see comparisons between Brave New World and the current climate. That way I might appear edgy.’
Meanwhile Film Studies student David Duffy is frantically searching the internet to find a VHS copy of Brazil so he can tell everyone how it’s always been his favourite film.