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Fun Orwell facts!

14 bits of interesting trivia about <i>Nineteen Eighty-Four</i>, including the fact that he was under surveillance for his communist sympathies while he …

Stop Taking Orwell's Name in Vain

The author loathed cliches and conveniently murky political buzzwords—like "Orwellian."<p>Time<p>Anyone who's read the commentary surrounding the news of the NSA's PRISM program knows that George Orwell remains ubiquitous decades after his death. TV pundits, editorial writers, and the average Twitter …

Making images interactive and engaging | @helpingmedia

Using images as a storytelling platform<p>According to ThingLink “images are the new storytelling platform”. The idea is that by making parts of an …

Infographics

Getting started in photojournalism | @helpingmedia

The following are tips offered to a budding photojournalist who contacted Media Helping Media via our mentoring page asking for help in getting …

Infographics

Baddies in books: Big Brother, George Orwell's undefeatable menace

The figure of Big Brother towers over the citizens of Airstrip One, his image looming from billboards across the city; the eyes following Winston Smith, even home into his flat, peering into his eyes, reminding him that he is always being watched.<p>In Big Brother, Orwell created a terrifying villain, …

Literature

Orwell and Writing

You would be writers out there, of both fiction and nonfiction! Have a look at George Orwell's wonderful advice to writers of English prose—Politics …

Orwell’s son visits his mum’s South Tyneside grave for first time

THE son of legendary 20th century novelist George Orwell visited his South Tyneside-born mother’s grave for the first time at the weekend – and …

George Orwell says,'I told you so'.

by George Orwell<p>If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.<p>Whatever is funny is subversive, …

“Why sanction children?” – On the road in Wigan

We visit the town made famous by George Orwell for its deprivation in the 1930s and find parts of it standing tall – and others beaten down by the …

Free image tool for boosting retweets | @helpingmedia

Images, quotes and data boost retweets – Twitter<p>Picture/text created with Buffer Pablo using image by Media Helping Media released under Creative …

What are the best, free social share options? | @helpingmedia

The 10 must-haves for social share buttons<p>What do you look for when selecting social share buttons?<p>Image by Jason Paluck released under Creative …

Marketing

Free infographics feeding off live data | @helpingmedia

Creating rich infographics is child’s play – image courtesy of Depone and released under Creative Commons<p>Rich infographics that used to require a …

Infographics

A Writer Out of Place

Orwell in America , a play by Joe Sutton that has its world premiere Saturday evening at Northern Stage in White River Junction, asks the audience to …

10 George Orwell Quotes That Predicted America Today » Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

George Orwell, author of <i>1984</i>, had tremendous insight on how the global elite would dominate society, and he predicted the current political climate …

Knoxville News Sentinel

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George Orwell Versus the Flat Earth

Cover of <i>Junior Skeptic</i> 53, bound inside <i>Skeptic</i> Vol. 19, No. 4. Subscribe to <i>Skeptic</i>In recent months I’ve been hard at work on a three-part series of</i> …

Flat Earth

If I were king for a day, George Orwell would be my language consultant

Along with titles, lands and the accoutrements of my office will come the responsibility for the protection of what is currently referred to as the Queen’s English.<p>I would immediately purge tautology and other redundant verbiage from what would become, on my accession, the King’s English. No more …

Language

What George Orwell said about Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’

As my colleague Anthony Faiola reported this week, Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" is expected to be reissued in Germany for the first time since the end of World War II. Although widely available elsewhere in the world, the book — Hitler's testament and what's considered the founding text of Nazism — …

World History

The power of virtual mentoring and lecturing | @helpingmedia

<b>Cutting down on travel, concentrating on content</b> – Image by David Jones released under Creative Commons<p>A few days ago, between breakfast and lunch, I …

Mentoring

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Quote of the day: Orwell on soldiers

Tom Ricks's quote of the day.<p>“Nearly all soldiers—and this applies even to professional soldiers in peacetime—have a sane attitude towards war. They …

"This life we live nowadays! It's not life, it's stagnation, death-in-life. Look at all these bloody houses, and the meaningless people inside them! Sometimes I think we're all corpses. Just rotting upright." --from "Keep the Aspidistra Flying" (1936) by George Orwell, who died on this day in 1950 For the first time in one hardcover volume—three classic novels by the author of Nineteen Eighty- Four and Animal Farm. The lushly descriptive and tragic Burmese Days, a devastating indictment of British colonial rule, is based on Orwell’s own experience while serving in the Indian Imperial Police. His beloved satirical classic, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, features a young idealist whose attempt to rebel against middle-class respectability—by working in a bookshop and trying to be a writer—goes terribly and comically awry. The hero of Coming Up for Air tries to escape the bleakness of suburbia by returning to the idyllic rural village of his childhood—only to find that the simpler England he remembers so nostalgically is gone forever. These three novels share Orwell’s unsparing vision of the dark side of modern capitalist society in combination with his comic brilliance and his unerring compassion for humanity. More here: http://www.randomhouse.com/knopf/classics/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307595041

"[A] world in which it is wrong to murder an individual civilian and right to drop a thousand tons of high explosive on a residential area does sometimes make me wonder whether this earth of ours is not a loony bin made use of by some other planet." --from As I Please (1943-1947) by George Orwell, who died in London, England on this day in 1950 (aged 46). A generous and varied selection–the only hardcover edition available–of the literary and political writings of one of the greatest essayists of the twentieth century. Although best known as the author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-four, George Orwell left an even more lastingly significant achievement in his voluminous essays, which dealt with all the great social, political, and literary questions of the day and exemplified an incisive prose style that is still universally admired. Included among the more than 240 essays in this volume are Orwell’s famous discussion of pacifism, “My Country Right or Left”; his scathingly complicated views on the dirty work of imperialism in “Shooting an Elephant”; and his very firm opinion on how to make “A Nice Cup of Tea.” More here: http://www.randomhouse.com/knopf/classics/catalog/results.pperl?title_subtitle_auth_isbn=orwell

"All the habits of Man are evil. And, above all, no animal must ever tyrannise over his own kind. Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers. No animal must ever kill any other animal. All animals are equal." --from ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell Animal Farm is the most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories. Its account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama. Orwell is one of the very few modern satirists comparable to Jonathan Swift in power, artistry, and moral authority; in animal farm his spare prose and the logic of his dark comedy brilliantly highlight his stark message. Taking as his starting point the betrayed promise of the Russian Revolution, Orwell lays out a vision that, in its bitter wisdom, gives us the clearest understanding we possess of the possible consequences of our social and political acts.

Seeing Things as They Are: Selected Journalism and Other Writings by George Orwell, book review: Different era, same issues

George Orwell’s work has endured because, as well as challenging injustice and bigotry, he frequently confronted his own contradictions.<p>Compiled by …

George Orwell’s Dessert Recipes

It’s no secret I have a soft spot for unusual cookbooks, especially ones with a literary or art bend — from homages like <i>The Alice in Wonderland Cookbook</i> and <i>Modern Art Desserts</i> to actual recipe collections by Alexandre Dumas, Andy Warhol, Liberace, and Alice B. Toklas, and especially <i>The Artists &</i> …