Orwell’s classic dystopian novel about a man who basically creates “alternative facts” for a living, tops the Amazon.com top sellers list. 1984 was published 35 years before the year 1984. Now, nearly 35 years after the year 1984, the book seems more relevant than ever. If you’ve never read it, or if it’s been a while, it is worth a second look.

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Surveillance Cameras Decorated With Party Hats to Celebrate George Orwell’s Birthday

On Tuesday June 25th, to celebrate George Orwell’s 110th birthday, Dutch artist duo Thomas voor ‘t Hekke and Bas van Oerle aka FRONT404, decorated several surveillance cameras in the city of Utrecht with festive party hats. Orwell’s novel”1984″, published in 1949, describes a dystopian future society where the populace is constantly watched by the surveillance state of Big Brother. The project aims to create public awareness of the omnipresence of surveillance by making these inconspicuous and often ignored cameras stand out.

via Junkculture.