It is bizarre to realise that the man who is supposed to be in charge feels just as trapped as the people he is meant to lead. The term “The Man” is an interesting one. Orwell in this narrative is “The Man” according to the natives. He is merely a representative of “The Man” according to himself. The freedom the villagers think he has is non-existent to him. Orwell is just as controlled by “The Man” as the locals. What is “The Man”?
Such an inventive expansion on the poem. It flows so well, yet hits us with uncomfortable truths. The juxtaposition between the smooth flow and rough lines like “taking orders like whores” is fascinating.
“We are no longer men” WOW!
Great call to action Dave!
One of my favourites is “enhanced interrogation”; it’s bloody torture!!!! “Pre-emptive strike” instead of unprovoked attack because we suspect something may possibly happen in the future. “Downsizing” instead of we’re going to sack a bunch of people. It’s become so prominent I’m not sure most of us know we are being subjected to it, or doing it ourselves.
Nice use of video too.
OUCH!!!! The image of the red hands grabbed my attention straight away. You built the tension well, but I think you let us off the hook a bit too quickly. You could have kept us guessing a little longer. I was intrigued! Maybe, like me, you try to keep your blogs short, but I would have read more if you dragged it out a little further.
That is bizarre!!!! I’m so glad you explained how the poem was created because at first glance I thought I had forgotten how to comprehend the english language. Sometimes it’s great to just play around with the language and not be concerned with making sense. Many people would call this a waste of time and then proceed to stare at a reality show on TV for an hour. A lot of great art comes from experiment and play.
Wow! What an amazing response to this most confusing image. I must admit I was dumbstruck by it, as with most Picasso. I really struggle to find meaning with it. I usually just accept the confusion and move on. Looking at “The Frugal Repast” there can be no doubt that he possessed the ability to do non-abstract stuff. He wasn’t just mucking around with this bizarre style. All the same I think his art just overwhelms me. It was great to read the way you engaged with this picture.
You have pointed out the two distinct views on war very well. It angers me immensely how the heroic poetry is written by people who have not been in the trenches, yet feel obliged to entice more young men to join in.
We are much more informed nowadays and it could not be done so blatantly. However the propagandist is a cunning creature and the media is a powerful tool. I have a very strong suspicion we are still being manipulated.
It really got me thinking too. “You’re taking it quite personally” was a fantastic line. I’m sure most of us will, as if we are the only one who ever lived and died. How often do we look at other people but never truly see the other human being? They have the same desires and frailties as we do, yet we repeatedly forget our kinship.
“Who’s next” is a great reminder that none of us are getting out of this alive. We had better acknowledge that we never know when we are going to run out of time and, rather than using this as fuel for melancholia, we should celebrate the wonder of being here at all. The finiteness adds to the beauty. Infinity could get quite dull and imagine the procrastination.
Very good point! An inner journey can sometimes be much more profound than an external one. Travel does not guarantee enriched learning. Some people have an amazing knack for travelling the country or the world with a closed mind.
A major life change can force complete paradigms to be shifted without the individual leaving their hometown. A hard earned change of perspective can send you down a brand new path of inner discovery.