3. “Big Brother is watching you.”
This ubiquitous phrase was coined in George Orwell’s 1984. It is now found in the dictionary and even inspired a reality TV show that we all love to hate-watch.
4. Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning to protect our basic freedoms.
According the author of Orwell: The Authorized Biography, Michael Sheldon, he wrote 1984,“as a warning. He felt that if someone didn’t sound the warning loudly enough, eventually a lot of the freedoms that he cherished would be lost and people would wake up one day and wonder where they had gone.”
5. Current popular TV shows take their names from 1984.
You’ve heard of Big Brother on CBS, of course, but did you know there’s also Room 101 on the BBC? In 1984, Room 101 makes reference to a torture chamber containing “…the worst thing in the world.”