George Orwell's diaries are to be made available online as a blog, starting from next Saturday. The author, whose incisive and ominous political writing ensured his name's appearance in any piece of text with the words 'liberties' and 'civil' for all eternity, kept a journal between 1938 and 1942. The first entry will be posted …
I actually look forward to reading some of this, being a fan of some of the man's work. It should provide an.....interesting...insight into his everyday mind.
Where's the Big Brother angle?
"Readers expecting this piece to end on some zinger about Big Brother will be sorely disappointed and/or summarily dispatched to Room 101."
Ok so now I get to become a guest on a BBC2 program with Paul Merton? Do I get paid for this? When can i start demanding, in my new found TV celebrity status, to have Liqourice Allsorts in my dressing room arranged in the shape of Sarah Bee's face?
Now that GO's personal life is going to be scrutinised...
...I have to wonder if his most famous book wasn't somewhat prophetic!
Surprised it wasn't mentioned
In "Upon Further Reflection" B.F. Skinner mentioned that George O. faked his own death.
B.F. states that George grew tired of being the depressing and dark George O.
...to see El Reg (Sarah Bee, anyway) getting into the spirit by writing the article in TrueSpeak.
Were you thinking of KFC by any chance
Mine's a Zinger tower burger if you're buying Sarah
On a serious note, this looks like it will be an interesting read, might even knock El Reg off my top destination spot.
Mine the one with the handbook for AirWolf in the pocket (it was a black helicopter after all)
That should have been Newspeak: Doubleplusungood of me.
You type out your post, you re-read it and finally preview it. The the moment you hit the post button you realise your mistake.
There has to be a word for that.
Dam you! I want KFC now! Its like heroin in a bun... My wife is going to kill me if I go to KFC on the way home...
Just like Samuel Pepys.
This isn't the first diary on the net.
And they still can't set it up so the Leap Years will match
Re: Just like Samuel Pepys.
Where does it say it's the first diary on the net, Dave?
Have... have I done bad?
the stung one right now? paying too much attention? have a xanax. i bet GO did...
Superb use of strikeout there, Ms Bee!
Re: Just like Samuel Pepys
Oh no, you don't get out of it that easily.
From the article, selectively quoting:
"George Orwell's diaries are [...] the [...] first [...] online [...] blog"
Damned by your [...] own [...] words.
"Have... have I done bad?"
My God woman! Do you know what that last comment can do to a man.
Images of puppy-dog eyes and a coyly-bitten bottom lip come flooding in... I'm off home now for a cold shower.
AC, because if my girlfriend found out what I was thinking I'd be in big trouble.
down and out
Because his writings are famous not only in London
Surely this can be prevented?
Usually there's someone claiming copyright and preventing publication. What's gone wrong?
I get confused...
Are we at war with Eurasia or Eastasia these days?
The most interesting places in our cyberworld....
are where there are journo's raising subjects, and commentators responding to both the original thread, and other commentator's comments, if you are still following (I'm not).
It is an absolutely brilliant wheeze for "The Orwell Trust" to start a thread by this pre-internet blogger, he was not only very talented (quality of writing), but actually had something to say about the human condition.
Perhaps a corner of the Register could be devoted to publishing the musings of some of the more interesting philosophers and writers from the past that did not have an internet. I am thinking of characters ranging among Mohandas Ghandi, Leo Tolstoy, Robert Anton-Wilson, John Ruskin, Bob Dylan, Bugs Bunny etc. etc.
As it is, we hear far too much from "professional politicians" and the various other parasites that infest our world.
Actually Orwell also wrote a column in several newspapers, which are intersting to read, as well as several other novels, amongst which 'The Road to Wigan Pier', A Clergyman's Daughter' , "Keep the Aspidistra Flying' and ' Down and Out in Paris and London' were seminal to me during my teen years................I'd recommend you read them all, including the journalisms.
Publishing someone's thoughts without their permission after they're dead?
Well, that's positively Orwellian.
>There has to be a word for that
It's more of a condition "Fat Finger Syndrome". Not to be confused with FFS which is what you might think when you realize what you've done or equally think when some smart arse corrects you as if didn't already know.
Let me guess
Each of his 70-year-old blog entries will attract dozens of inane comments pointing out that what he wrote back then is equally true today if you just replace xxx-old-politician with xxx-new-politician...
I don't know what that is called, (the Doh! moment? doubleunthinkread? ) but the length of time between clicking the "Post Comment" button and realising the mistake is definitely the ohnosecond.
I do know they become more frequent with age.
Big Brother is watching me
I tried to look at the Orwell blog today using the link above. My company's content filter blocked it as a "Blog/social networking" site.
Oddly I can read pepysdiary.com everyday, and that is a far racier diary than Eric Blair's is likely to be: but then, who says censorship has to be logical?
> There has to be a word for that
The Meaning of Liff (http://folk.uio.no/alied/TMoL.html) is no help in this instance.
In that spirit, I suggest
Dorking (n), [from Dork (v.i.)]
To post a smart comment containining an elementary error to the entire Internet.
We've all done it. People on Slashdot do it all the time.
@ Jonathan Richards
Ah, I see what you did there...I mean you did do it on purpose I'm guessing? ;)
*pauses to check, check and double check for elementary errors*
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