Still my favorite t-shirt of the decade.|
-- James Duncan Davidson, 2006.
|I'm living in Hayes. My local is The Famous George Orwell, and its pub sign
is, believe it or not, a still from the cartoon adaptation of Animal Farm -- of pigs, serenely gazing upward.
Eric Blair lived, for a while, in Hayes. He later envisioned the chilling urban dystopia of 1984. I cannot consider this a coincidence, but perhaps my jaundiced view has something to do with the burnt-out car someone left in front of my house. Orwell didn't like Hayes much either. Still, at least it's not Slough.
Had Our Eric experienced computing -- the visceral dread of reading, learning from, and trying to believe ever-changing documentation, of selective histories of problems soon glossed over with rewritten api's, releases, patches, and upgrades, leading to flickers of uncertainty, bewilderment, and distrust; the lossiness and decay of a technological history forever being discarded or recast to serve and suit the immediate needs of the present -- well, I think he might have stopped worrying about communism entirely. He'd be worrying about Apple.
Reading NTK and considering Oceania reminds me that I can never be certain of the true aims or rôle of O'Brien. What do I really need to know?
concept defined, 31 May 2002.