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2071 - Big Brother watches from on high Premiere Contest Winner

2017 - year zero They loaned to the poor, who cannot repay. They stole from the old, who cannot recover. They sold our future, for better or worse and made our children pay. They schooled arithmetic to be feared. They tutored trust in suited men. They taught the poor were lazy and spawned the idle rich from their toil. They took our precious things and sold them cheap to fake friends. They made money by printing money and delayed the reckoning. They funded phoney wars to turn our attention whilst they picked our pockets and allowed millions of strangers to die. They brainwashed faith in impotent leaders and privately castrated them. No more! Protests! Uprising! Revolution! Injustice washed away in blood. Ours and theirs and the innocent. Paradise from sacrifice. A promised land from a land of empty promises. 2020 - tech Tablet touchscreen tele-screens. Cameras watching. Knowing your location and when. Centillion search engine recording preferences and thoughts. Predictive text correcting thought crime. Denouncing. Data mining. Trending counter revolutionary memes. Finding patterns for state cauterisation. 2025 - ghost of O'Brian When the oppressed grow numb to the pain and are blind from where it comes they no longer care. Stale bread and brassy circuses are all they need to ignore the strings and pulleys and levers and trap doors that control their free will. Tyranny behind a closed curtain. An illusion of prosperity and happiness. Plastic utopia. If you want a vision of the present imagine a boot stamping on a smiling face. Forever. 2037 - preface to the 20th year newspeak dictionary - inner party edition Unlisting of ungood words complete ahead of the five year plan. Archaic terms useful for thought correction: "Overseas contingency operations" "Targeted killings" "Regime change" "Collateral damage" "Enhanced interrogation techniques" "Extraordinary rendition" "Black sites" remain in the dictionary. Their definitions unprinted. Their meanings self evident as defined by the party. Doublethink fluidity. Doubleplus good. 2054 - ministry of truth haikus Freedom's slavery. Eternal warfare's peacetime. Strengthened ignorance. Eurasia hatred. Control past, control future. Eastasia hatred. Doublethink dogma. Contradictory beliefs. Two plus two is five. 2071 - nirvana Forbidden lovers knowing their love is doomed. They are the dead. Sitting under curfewed stars. Miniluv satellites twinkling as they fly past, metallic eyes seeing everything. They look up at the face of their leader immortally blasted into the moon's surface by atomics and thought criminals. Reprogrammed to serve then scattered in a vacuum graveyard, buried in moon dust The inner party's heavenly fortress impregnable, unreachable, eternal. Its chill moonlight casting shadows against steel and concrete. They hold hands for the last time. Big Brother watching from on high. Watching them. And watching you. Notes: "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever" is the original quote from 1984 "War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength" is the original quote from 1984 The book 1984 was so called because George Orwell wrote it in 1948 and simply switched the last two digits. In this poem I switched the last two digits of 2017 to make 2071 Tele-screens were the televisions in 1984 that were watching you "They are the dead" is a twist of the original quote "we are the dead" said by both Winston and Julia just before they were arrested "Doublethink" is the ability to hold contradictory beliefs "Miniluv" is newspeak for ministry of love, where the thought police work "Centillion" is 1 followed by 303 zeros. The centillion search engine is the party's replacement for google. Google was likewise named after a googol which is 1 followed by 100 zeros "2 + 2 = 5" is an example of dogma that the party might state as fact in 1984 "Big Brother is watching you" is the slogan on propaganda posters in 1984 Written 3rd March 2017 - or year zero Entry to "1984 or 2017" contest

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Date: 2/4/2019 12:57:00 PM
Hello! Thank you so much for writing this poem! It really helped me with my analysis of "1984" and I used it in a group project to help analyze the meaning and connotation of "Big Brother"! :D
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Date: 2/11/2019 12:15:00 PM
Hello Kai, Thanks for the feedback - glad you liked the poem and it was useful in your project. All the best Mark
Date: 5/1/2017 8:28:00 AM
Fascinating and chilling write Mark! Belated congrats on a very fine win!~Che :)
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Date: 5/1/2017 9:18:00 AM
Thanks Cheryl for taking the time to read this and for the feedback. All the best! Mark :-)
Date: 4/4/2017 8:12:00 PM
:) Light & Love
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Date: 4/3/2017 11:02:00 AM
Great write Mark. In my opinion, Hillary Clinton would have ushered in the New World Order... Go Trump !
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Date: 4/4/2017 2:02:00 PM
Thanks Bruce! :-)
Date: 4/3/2017 7:13:00 AM
Congratulations on your creativity based on logical assumption. Each one of these vignettes could stand alone as great poetry. Congratulations on your first place.
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Date: 4/4/2017 2:02:00 PM
Thanks Reason! :-)
Date: 4/2/2017 11:23:00 AM
Well done, Mark - a wise composition indeed. Painfully familiar; a hegemony in decline.
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Date: 4/2/2017 12:16:00 PM
Thanks Doug! :-)
Date: 4/1/2017 6:58:00 PM
Congrats on your win with this thought provoking, powerful poem.
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Date: 4/2/2017 10:51:00 AM
Thanks Agnes! All the best! Mark :-)
Date: 4/1/2017 5:20:00 PM
Hi Mark, we don't know each other YET - BUT I want to thank you SO much for this thought-provoking entry! There are some things I could advise to polish this diamond in the rough even further IF you's like to submit it elsewhere. Please do jump on board with my next contest BRAVE NEW WORLD. Light & Love
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Date: 4/2/2017 10:51:00 AM
Debbie - thanks for the placement and thanks for running the contest. I'm still fairly new at writing poetry (only really started October last year), so any advice would be very welcome. Please feel free to soupmail me. All the best! Mark :-)
Date: 3/10/2017 8:10:00 PM
Gosh, finally got back to see this one. you really outdid yourself for that theme, Mark. I never even read the book, but I can imagine what it's all about. Trump got elected, so in my mind, almost nothing will surprise me any more about our future and how bleak it looks!! WEll done.
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Date: 3/11/2017 1:47:00 PM
Hi Andrea! Thanks for coming back to this and spending time reading and commenting. I had to read 1984 at school (ironically it was 1984 when I read it) - didn't fully appreciate it at the time, but understood it better when I reread it years later. There was also a film adaptation of the book (also called 1984 and released in 1984 starring John Hurt). Would recommend them both.
Date: 3/5/2017 10:22:00 PM
Mark I need to get off now. But I can't wait to read this one. Sorry I can't do that yet. I hope I can remember to get back here soon as your name is about to scroll off my comments and I am WAY behind on replies for having had a full weekend. Hope you have a blessed week ahead. Andrea
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Date: 3/6/2017 3:56:00 PM
Thanks Andrea! I look forward to your comments. All the best! Mark :-)
Date: 3/4/2017 3:45:00 PM
Wow! Just WOW!! You have created the perfect rendition of concept for this contest!! I'm cheering for you! Best wishes! Big Hugggs! Deb
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Date: 3/5/2017 10:59:00 AM
Thanks Deb, and glad you enjoyed it. All the best! Mark :-)
Date: 3/4/2017 2:51:00 PM
A new world order that we may reach sooner than we think, powerful write Mark..
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Date: 3/5/2017 10:58:00 AM
Thanks Joseph. All the best! Mark :-)