To Orwell Today,

Hello, I'm an Australian senior student currently doing an oral presentation on the topic of "The Legacy of Literature". For this project I have decided to examine Orwell's 1984 and contemporary music, in particular Green Day's "American Idiot". In my presentation I plan to contextualize American Idiot to Orwell's 1984 under the discourse of 'media control'. I was just looking for information, or if you have any tips for my project. In case you are unaware of the song, I have included the lyrics for you:-

Don't wanna be an American idiot.
Don't want a nation under the new media.
And can you hear the sound of hysteria?
The subliminal mindfuck America.

Welcome to a new kind of tension.
All across the alien nation.
Everything isn't meant to be okay.
Television dreams of tomorrow.
We're not the ones who're meant to follow.
There, that's enough to argue.

Well maybe I'm the faggot America.
I'm not a part of a redneck agenda.
Now everybody do the propaganda.
And sing along in the age of paranoia.

Welcome to a new kind of tension.
All across the alien nation.
Everything isn't meant to be okay.
Television dreams of tomorrow.
We're not the ones who're meant to follow.
There, that's enough to argue.

Don't wanna be an American idiot.
One nation controlled by the media.
Information nation of hysteria.
It's going out to idiot America.

Welcome to a new kind of tension.
All across the alien nation.
Everything isn't meant to be okay.
Television dreams of tomorrow.
We're not the ones who're meant to follow.
There, thats enough to argue.

Thank you,
Terry Harvey

Greetings Terry,

That song you sent sounds like something made in the prolefeed section of the Ministry of Truth, and would definitely qualify for your study of media control of music.

It's not anti-tyranny, it's anti-American - or anti-Western World - like something corporate-media pet Michael Moore would sing if he weren't instead writing about it. See STUPID WHITE MEN NOT, for example.

A song that I think truly expresses anti-corporate-media and its effects on the psyche of Americans (and the rest of the world) is RIGHT NOW, a Garth Books alias Chris Gaines adaptation of the 60s song "Come On People Now, Smile On Your Brother" by The Youngbloods (which you're too young to have probably heard).

All the best,
Jackie Jura

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