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Unplugging Philco: A Novel Paperback – April 14, 2009
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But, if you're the type of person who can't handle a piece of online writing with a lot of words, you should seriously take a shot at getting over it and look at the inside of this book, as you are part of the problem it illustrates.
Let's start with the obvious comparison to George Orwell's "1984". 'Eighty Four was a great book and all, pretty much a textbook example of what good literature should be. A thought-provoking potential prophecy of a future in which the Big Brother we've all heard about has imposed a totalitarian rule on the masses. Our post-WWII world has seen a societal cage-match struggle between freedom and security, and in both "1984" and "Unplugging Philco" freedom has been beaten into a bloody pulp, with one central character coming across freedom's comatose shell and tentatively, at first, trying a little CPR.
But let's be honest here. Do you really think basic human nature would change upon the imposition of a totalitarian police state? That the ever watching presence of our overlords would change the fact that some people are just a-holes? Of course it wouldn't. Honestly, would the low-level incompetence and stupidity that is such an integral part of society change simply because the nature of that society is radically different?
Of course it wouldn't. Incompetence and stupidity are universal themes of the human condition. That's what Knipfel understands that Orwell did not. Impose an electronic iron curtain and there will be people who never quite learn how to work the machinery very well.Read more ›