Wednesday, August 27, 2008

"Dear Diary: Big Brother is watching me."

If George Orwell were alive today, would he be a blogger? Or would he see computers and the internet as leading to one of his dreaded dystopias?

Either way, Orwell is, in effect, a blogger now, some 58 years after his death. The folks who run the Orwell Prize have started posting entries from his diary in a blog format, with each entry appearing exactly 70 years after its original date. Thus the first entry, dated August 9, 1938, was posted this past August 9th. Orwell kept his diary until October of 1942, so presumably his "blog" will continue until the same month in 2012. Perhaps other historical diaries are being posted the same way, but this is the first one I've heard of.

The musings of Orwell the "blogger" can be found here.

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