Theaters All Over America Are Screening "1984" In Protest Of Today's, Ahem, Political Climate

Submitted by: fancylad 6 months ago in Entertainment


If you're not doing anything today, go to your local arthouse (find out where here) and take in a special screening of "1984" -- the 1984 version with John Hurt. The film will only show today on April 4, in honor of the date that Hurt's Winston Smith begins writing in his secret diary. 

I don't have to tell you the correlation between "1984" and the direction one might conclude we're headed towards due to the current privacy restrictions we're watching happen before our eyes.

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Male 6,147
This movie hits you like A rat to the face
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Male 2,106
"I don't have to tell you the correlation between "1984" and the direction one might conclude we're headed towards due to the current privacy restrictions we're watching happen before our eyes." Actually, please do.
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Male 4,152
The biggest mistake you can make is thinking that one of these great "major parties" is good and one evil when they a really both in it together and control of you is the ultimate goal. They couldn't do it without you.
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Male 6,147
Almost as funny as Brazil  (Which is a dark comedy version of 1984. Highly recommended
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Male 549
thezigrat Yes, Brazil is excellent.
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Male 5,432
or you can just watch it here
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Male 549
Overlooking the political discussion for the moment, the movie is an excellent adaptation of the novel, it really captures the bleak atmosphere of the original writing.
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Male 8,544
If any leftist that watches this is in any way capable of self-introspection and rational thought, then they will readily recognize that a story of omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation byf a Socialist superstate, under the control of the privileged elite that persecutes individualism and independent thinking is much more reminiscent of the Leftist Ideals than the current administration. 

But, I doubt they are, in any way, capable of such in their deranged mindset.
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Male 595
megrendel when it's all you know, it's all you can point to. Maybe they'd have a point if it were about the whole CIA/NSA revelation, but Snowden came and went without so much as a huff and a puff. Watching this film in relation to current events though, you're right, book has very little to do with that. Though, let's be honest, these are the particularly stupid leftists that have nothing else to do than get together in a room and feel self-important.
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Male 857
megrendel Totalitarian, not socialist.
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Male 8,544
punko Might want to read the novel again.  Yes, Totalitarian. But titled English Socialism.

As recent events demonstrate, Socialism often leads to a dictatorship and/or totalitarianism.
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Male 857
megrendel Not sure where you're going with "recent events" leading to dictatorships.  Dictatorships occur wherever the legal system isn't robust enough to withstand a populist leader (or is sufficiently undermined beforehand).  Turkey may be heading this way, if the "yes" side wins.

Often leaders will arise in a groun
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Male 8,544
punko Not sure where you're going with "recent events" leading to dictatorships.

Been keeping up with current events in Venezuela much?
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Male 857
megrendel What part of Dictatorships occur wherever the legal system isn't robust enough to withstand a populist leader (or is sufficiently undermined beforehand) wasn't clear?  Unfortunately, the other 3 paras in my post don't seem to have survived :(

Venezuela was more socialist than the US, but it wasn't its socialism that lead to its current situation.

Dictatorships are born out of a populist leader pushing away the legal system.  Not necessarily from the underlying political leadings.  Quite often that populism carries the message of "returning control the country to its people" and/or the redistribution of land/wealth. More often than not, the message created is simply used to generate the most short-term support to gain control.  The country at this point may appear 'socialist' or 'communist' due to the messaging.  Not many countries would have a revolution with cries of "let's kick the buggers out so we can have a free market, labour reform, and an awesome legal system".  For one thing, it doesn't fit on a placard . . .

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Male 6,077
megrendel Of course, it's the conservative government that's currently selling off our privacy but let's just never mind that...it's all the fault of the liberals.
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Male 40,752
broizfam It was Susan Rice who ordered that innocent US citizens who accidentally get monitored by various agencies have their names remain un-redacted.
IE: Someone under surveillance calls for a pizza? The name of the person taking the order now appears on the investigation papers.
Obama then issued an EO saying all sorts of people within various agencies now have access to these un-redacted papers.
IE: If the pizza guy's name were illegally "leaked" as being "part of a criminal investigation"? It would be impossible to narrow down who did the leaking...

Of course this would never happen, right? Riiiight (Flynn) never!

And it would be technically true: Pizza Guy's name was 'part of' a criminal investigation... but hey! If he's innocent? Why should he worry about that? :-x
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Male 6,077
5cats Um...we weren't talking about surveillance. At least, I don't think so. I think we're talking about allowing ISPs to sell our browsing history without either requesting our permission or even letting us know.
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Male 8,544
broizfam Actually, this thread is talking about the showing of 1984 in order to protest Trump by people who don't even realize the irony of it.
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Male 40,752
megrendel Correct! The irony of demanding bigger and bigger governments with more power over everything... then complaining when they get their wish. True liberal idiots.
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Male 8,544
broizfam Again, the ISPs will be doing nothing they haven't been doing, and what Google, Facebook and other sites and businesses were still allowed to do.

But, if you need the fucking obvious pointed out to you:  Newspeak is the language in 1984 created by the government to meet the ideological requirements of English Socialism.

Now, which side currently wants to control the language? (Hint: Who brought you such terms as 'Microagression', 'Safe-space', 'Mansplaining', 'Cys-anything', 'trigger warnings' and who want's to claim than any word that in convenient can be deemed 'racist'?  Who adamantly refuses to allow speech they don't agree with?  


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Male 3,409
megrendel conservatives brought us "false narratives" and "alternative facts". dude you love your team i get it but there is poop on everyones hands. oh and everyone who disagrees with the president is a "snowflake" who needs a "safe space"
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Male 8,544
rumham Actually, "false narratives" and "alternative facts" are just words created by leftist to describe any fact they don't agree with.

You want a "false narrative"?  “I remember landing under sniper fire." - Hillary Clinton

You want alternative facts? "We've seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful Internet video" - Hillary Clinton

Oh, sorry, I forgot, when she does it it's not 'false'...it's 'misspeak'.
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Male 3,409
megrendel "mission accomplished". your team is infallible i forgot
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Male 8,544
rumham Yes, the 10-month mission of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln was, indeed, accomplished.

During his speech, Bush stated "Our mission continues".

Nope, neither side is infallible. (All are politicians, and all lie.)   
I'm just pointing out that those two terms were coined by the left, who tends to coin terms when convenient. You know, Newspeak
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Male 3,409
megrendel i just hate this current culture of " well they did it so why can't we " and im guilty of that from time to time. humanity may be a lost cause
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Male 8,544
rumham I don't see it as a They/Us issue.  Is see it as a They are dishonest issue...They being pretty much every politician.
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Male 6,077
megrendel I agree with the language part of your comment. I find that shit annoying as all hell. Remember, of course, that the radical end of any group doesn't define the group. If it did then I'd be blaming you for trying to get Creationism taught in public schools, alongside (or even instead of) evolution, and for "blue laws" that keep me from being able to buy a bottle of booze if it happens to be a Sunday, among other stupid Christianity inspired rules, supported by extremist conservatives like the Tea Party types. To point out the fucking obvious to you, the fact that ISPs have been doing this still doesn't justify making it perfectly legal for them to do it without our approval. It's still the conservatives doing that part, like it or not.
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Male 8,544
broizfam Yes, it's the conservatives doing this, but I look at it as leveling the playing field by halting a regulation that unfairly targeted only certain segments.  We'll probably not agree on this.  (Try reading the dissenting opinions of the FCC commission).

Concerning the rest: Evolution should be taught in schools, Creationism in church (if they want to). 

Some blue laws are stupid, some unnecessary (In my town, it's illegal to tie your pet alligator to a parking meter...sad thing is someone had to do it before they thought to outlawed it) and some just out of date. 
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Male 6,077
megrendel Fair enough!
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