Saturday, April 09, 2005

Eliza Strickland: Thoughtcrime on Campus?

Thoughtcrime on campus? Call Students for an Orwellian Society
Eliza Strickland
Columbia News Service

They demand surveillance cameras in every dorm room. A halt to casual sex, especially between homosexuals. And the immediate reporting of any political dissent to the Thought Police.

It’s high time the U.S. government got serious about controlling the lives and minds of its citizens, according to this unusual student group.

With more than a score of chapters on college campuses around the country, Students for an Orwellian Society is creating a new breed of campus radical--satirists who camouflage liberal sentiment in fascist rhetoric. The student activists claim George Orwell’s novel “1984” is their model for an ideal society.

Orwell’s book imagines an omnipotent totalitarian government that keeps its population docile through a mixture of fear and patriotic propaganda. By pretending to celebrate the parallels they see between American society and “1984,” the activists hope to encourage students to ask hard questions about steps taken by the government in the name of homeland security and the war on terror.

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