"The telescreen recieved and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live – did live, from habit that became instinct – in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.

– George Orwell, 1984

George Orwell 

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I post this a lot, so apologies for the repetition.

I read 1984 and Animal Farm in school, and nobody ever mentioned that Orwell was a communist who fought in the Spanish Civil War.

We were taught that his writing was "Communism? Boo!" but it was really "Authoritarianism? Boo!"

The irony that writings about newspeak and doublethink are misrepresented to students would be hilarious if they didn't make me want to cry. I was mislead.

George Orwell 

@mike Yeah, especially with the whole Cold War thing, a lot of people in the west seem incapable of differentiating from communism and the Soviet Union. It's really unfortunate, and better teaching would help that. If not for the fact that the teachers are always biased too...

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