What Does "Orwellian" Mean?
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” -Orwell, 1984
When people call something “Orwellian,” they're referring to the controlling government in 1984.
When you hear this term, remember:
Big Brother is Watching You
“There are no private lives...Everything is public.” -Philip K. Dick, dystopian author
1984 focuses on warning against surveillance and control by the government- think “Big Brother is Watching You.”
What do you think are the risks of living in a watched world?
Before you decide, consider that:
Create Your Own Dystopia
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” -Orwell, 1984
Which elements of society would you draw upon to create a worst-case-scenario future?
Define Dystopias. Dystopian fiction takes aspects of a problematic society and amplifies them to create dark, unsettling views of the future.
Identify and review the defining characteristics of dystopian worlds, like a controlling, pervasive force and a trapped, doubtful protagonist.
Write a description of your dystopia...who (or what) is in control?
If you're a visual thinker, try creating a storyboard of your dystopian world instead.