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Reality checkOrwells 1984 is hard at the reality

Attention, folks, an awful lot has already come true from George Orwell's dark future novel 1984. That is the message from movie theater owners in the US and Canada who are showing the film in over 180 art house cinemas today, April 4th.

In George Orwell's novel, April 4, 1984 is the day Winston Smith, the main character, begins his diary. However, he is not at all sure whether it really is April 4th, because the totalitarian regime is constantly changing newspaper reports and thus falsifying history in the long term. This is Winston's own job. And that's why he knows that he can't trust this regime on anything, not even on the date.

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"In the US there are not yet screens everywhere showing Donald Trump as Big Brother. But the twisting of the truth is what the Trump administration has made verifiable from the start."
Wolfgang Stuflesser, DRadio Knowledge Correspondent

Twist the truth and create "alternative facts"

On the day after the inauguration, Trump's press spokesman Sean Spicer gave false information about the number of visitors. The next day, Kellyanne Conway, Trump's adviser, was asked at NBC News how it could be that the official spokesman for the new president did not tell the truth at his first press conference. Then she said the now famous sentence: "Sean Spicer presented alternative facts."

"That reminded many of 1984, when the newspapers in the archives were changed and people were erased as undesirable persons in them. Trump and his people's relaxed relationship with the truth is the great parallel to the novel 1984."
Wolfgang Stuflesser, DRadio Wissen correspondent
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The US government cannot yet look into the living room of the citizens, as in Orwell's book. There the screens are also cameras. But surveillance as a whole in the USA has already reached proportions under Obama, at which many data protection activists are sounding the alarm. George Orwell foresaw the role of electronic media almost prophetically: in controlling people and in their indoctrination.

Permanent propaganda sprinkling

At Orwell, propaganda is omnipresent: the regime announces its success stories anytime and anywhere on large screens. The free press today has an important control function - also with regard to governments. He has already made it clear many times how Trump feels about some of the media.

"Donald Trump said right at the beginning of his presidency that he was at war with the media and described them as the enemy of the American people."
Wolfgang Stuflesser, DRadio Knowledge Correspondent

The arthouse cinema operators in the USA and Canada, who are now showing the film again in 1984 as a protest campaign, are doing this partly free of charge for visitors and are expecting a correspondingly large number of visitors.

Even more in 1984: