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!

E49: The Giver, Pt. 3 “To Turn Off the Telescreen”

This is episode 3 of 3 on The Giver by Lois Lowry. In this episode, we look at how The Giver shows the importance of being able to shut out the outside world in order to be able to see reality more clearly. Community is important, but it needs healthy individuals in its makeup. Come along for this week’s adventure!

E42: Ender’s Shadow, Pt. 3 “Order of Conspicuous Merit”

This is episode 3 of 3 on Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card. We go over what Bean learns about the role of the individual in society. Many themes in Ender’s Shadow were covered in Ender’s Game, so this will be a short episode. When you are all alone, you don’t even add up to one: you need others to be fully yourself. Come along for this week’s adventure!

E33: A Scanner Darkly, Pt. 2 “The Proles Sang”

This is episode 2 of 3 on A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick. We go over the treatment of the individual in this novel. It is an amoral treatment of the drug user, neither affirming nor condemning the use of drugs, but it this novel rather starkly presents the consequences of drug use. Is it an ode to humanity and how far it has to fall before it is completely destroyed? Is it an elaborate DARE morality tale? Listen along and find out!

E20: Dystopia So Far “Dust from Its Mouthpiece”

Themes in dystopia so far. We look at the time a dystopian story is told (soon after founding, far into future), the questions asked by dystopia (variations on what it means to be human), and the ways in which humanity is twisted. Whatever the bright future is supposed to be for humanity, individuals get the short end of the stick.