Thursday, January 20, 2011
The Giant Robots of Orwell's 1984
"Machines turning against men!"
"Programmed to destroy!"
I've read 1984 three or four times. Admittedly, the last time was probably fifteen years ago...but I don't remember any giant robots. I wonder if Superman, Batman, the Atom and Black Canary bugged Flash about this after the battle:
"Hey Barry...you know there aren't any robots in 1984, right?"
"Uh...sure...I was...speaking in metaphors. Like, um...how in the novel technology runs amok and the country is at war all the time and all the war machines - "
"Barry, the only obvious technology in the book is a two-way television that you can't turn off."
"See! Technology enabling a nightmare world!"
"That's really stretching it, Barry."