So, I’m sure you’ve heard about the news of the U.S. government, and now the Canadian government as well, using secret programs to track all mobile phone calls, such as when, where, how long, destination and so on.
Well, this has had an unexpected effect on book sales this week, where sales of the 1949 George Orwell classic ‘1984’ have gone up considerably, even attracting some buyers to shell out big bucks for original ‘first edition’ copies of the novel. However, there seems to be some confusion about which dust cover is the actual first printing. There is a green dust cover as well as a red dust cover, and no one can say with certainty at this point, which one is first printed.
Check out the link to the above article about the two big sales of the novel, and let me know…. have you read ‘1984’? If not, are you now more inclined to read it from what you’ve been hearing in the news?
Life imitating art, art imitating life? Which is it?
***Also – check out these articles below for some perspective, in case you haven’t heard the whole story on the government surveillance that is so alive and well since 1984 and well past that…
- “NSA surveillance puts George Orwell’s ‘1984′ on bestseller lists” (intellectualimperialism.wordpress.com)
- George Orwell Nineteen Eighty Four Owes a Lot to President Obama (guardianlv.com)
- NSA Prism: George Orwell’s ‘1984’ is flying off the shelves (sott.net)
- Government surveillance reports spark sales for Orwell’s ‘1984′ (globalnews.ca)