A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 29, 2016
“1984 is a great book. All kids should be forced to read it”

Many schools require students to read George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)—an anti-authoritarian novel. The American television series Community aired the episode “Digital Exploration of Interior Design” on March 29, 2012, containing this exchange:

WOMAN: You should try reading Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
MAN: I have! It’s a great book. Really awakened me in high school. I think kids should be forced to read it.

1984 is a great book. All kids should be forced to read it” (the wording varies slightly) became a popular joke on Twitter.


Wikipedia: Nineteen Eighty-Four
Nineteen Eighty-Four, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English author George Orwell published in 1949. The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public manipulation, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (or Ingsoc in the government’s invented language, Newspeak) under the control of a privileged elite of the Inner Party, that persecutes individualism and independent thinking as “thoughtcrime.”

The tyranny is epitomised by Big Brother, the Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality but who may not even exist. The Party “seeks power entirely for its own sake. It is not interested in the good of others; it is interested solely in power.” The protagonist of the novel, Winston Smith, is a member of the Outer Party, who works for the Ministry of Truth (or Minitrue in Newspeak), which is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism. His job is to rewrite past newspaper articles, so that the historical record always supports the party line.

Wikipedia: Digital Expression of Interior Design
“Digital Exploration of Interior Design” is the 13th (aired as 12th) episode of the third season of the American television series Community. It originally aired on March 29, 2012 on NBC. The episode was written by Chris McKenna and directed by Dan Eckman.

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Community S03E13 George Orwell’s 1984 I think they do stuff to your butt
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Published on Mar 29, 2012
WOMAN: You should try reading Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
MAN: I have! It’s a great book. Really awakened me in high school. I think kids should be forced to read it.

Twitter
Joe Casabona
‏@jcasabona
1984.  great book. I think kids should be forced to read it. #Community
7:09 PM - 29 Mar 2012 from Scranton, PA

Twitter
Old Time Religion
‏@adalehunt
“I love 1984, I think all kids should be forced to read it.” I love you #Community
7:16 PM - 29 Mar 2012

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Sean Temple
‏@Sean_Temple
I love 1984. I think all kids should be forced to read it! #community
7:38 PM - 29 Mar 2012

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Community Recap: “Digital Exploration of Interior Design”
BY JOSHUA KURP MARCH 30, 2012
“I loved 1984, I think kids should be forced to read it.”

Reddit
1984 is a great work of literature.
submitted November 29, 2016 by TheWillicus
I think all kids should be forced to read it.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Tuesday, November 29, 2016 • Permalink