Is 1984 really set in the future/past, or is it a story about the eternal present? Is there an objective truth, an immutable reality outside of the mind? To what was Orwell referring when he spoke about fake bombs and fake wars? Do we have any reason to fear Big Brother?
Thank heavens for Chad628, whose presence saved this call. He and I were joined — via the magic of technology and post-production editing — by narrator Frank Muller, whose audiobook rendition of 1984 can be found here.
Our call dropped about halfway through, so this podcast is structured something like: Call Pt 2 -> Call Pt 1 -> Call Pt 2. This will make more sense once you have begun listening.
Chad628 (eleventh appearance on the MSC)
Preceding Warmup Thread
Here. Literally zero comments prior to the call. My fault for only publishing it a couple of days before the call.
Clips used in post-production
Frank Muller’s 1984 audiobook. Available here.
Swedish Chef clip. Here.
Wag the Dog (1997) scene. Here.
Eurythmics track ‘doubleplusgood’. Here.
Orwell’s ‘Why I Write’
Recorded 20-May-2018; Released 21-May-2018.
Released to public on 20-Aug-2019 via Mailing List.