E71: 1984 Part 2, Chapter 5 – Propaganda

This is our thirteenth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. We look at the meaning of propaganda, how different people respond to it, how young people and old people resist propaganda differently, history as a means to resist propaganda, and the scary thing about propaganda: it works. There’s a look at how love transforms Winston’s life. It takes superhuman effort merely to remain human.

E70: 1984 Part 2, Chapter 4 – Individuality

This is our twelfth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. In chapter 4 of part 2, Winston and Julia rent the room above Mr. Charrington’s junk shop. We look at the role of singing in cultivating individuality apart from political propaganda. Also, the assertion of gender roles against pseudo-egalitarian uniformity as an assertion of individuality. Think about symbolism: is it intentional all along, or is it subconscious? Whatever it is, it’s polyphonic!

E69: 1984 Part 2, Chapter 3

This is our eleventh episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. We get to know Winston and Julia a bit better, and we see their differing outlooks on survival in dystopia. Sex in dystopia: sex is personal, but the consequences are hardly private. Winston believes they are dead though they live — against Big Brother, Julia believes now is a good time to have a good time — in spite of Big Brother. Then the old question: What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? (I’ve heard that once before, but not from you . . . )

E68: 1984 Part 2, Chapter 2

This is our tenth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Winston meets up with the Brown Haired Girl! We talk about sex, profanity, beauty, revolt, and the reassertion of basic humanity. Hypocrisy poisons goodness, but goodness is still worth it. Could a desire for corruption and death of a bad system reveal a hope for the resurrection of the dead? We’ll talk about it!