The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic disease was called COVID-19 (after the year 2019). Some people felt that the coronavirus lockdowns and the loss of liberty made it seem more like COVID-1984 (COVID-19 + Nineteen Eighty-Four). Nineteen Eighty-Four is a dystopian novel by English novelist George Orwell that was published in 1949.
“COVID-1984” was posted on Twitter by 無難な駄目人間 on February 17, 2020, and on Twitter by Bernie Sanders’ Hot Couch for All on March 5, 2020. COVID-1984: A Global 9/11 was the title of a YouTube video by Spiro Skouras on March 19, 2020.
Fauxvid-1984 (faux + COVID-19 + Nineteen Eighty-Four) is a similar term.
Wikipedia: 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019, and was recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.
Wikipedia: Nineteen Eighty-Four
Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English novelist George Orwell. It was published on 8 June 1949 by Secker & Warburg as Orwell’s ninth and final book completed in his lifetime. The story was mostly written at Barnhill, a farmhouse on the Scottish island of Jura, at times while Orwell suffered from severe tuberculosis. Thematically, Nineteen Eighty-Four centres on the consequences of government over-reach, totalitarianism, mass surveillance, and repressive regimentation of all persons and behaviours within society.
5:08 PM · Feb 17, 2020·Twitter Web App
Bernie Sanders’ Hot Couch for All
10:13 PM · Mar 5, 2020·Twitter for Android
CoVid-1984 by Germge Notwell
Welcome to covid-1984
Emoji Mashup Bot
· Mar 6
Flushed face flushed + Face with thermometer thermometer =
5:10 PM · Mar 7, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
The Flight of Thiccarus
I fully expect the next Megadeth album to include a song about coronavirus and the government that includes one of Dave’s signature cringey portmanteaus in the form of “COVID-1984”
6:14 AM · Mar 8, 2020·Twitter for Android
#COVID19 should be renamed #COVID1984
10:07 PM · Mar 16, 2020·Twitter for Android
COVID-1984: A Global 9/11
Mar 19, 2020
Here is one such piece of paperwork #MartialLaw #YourPapersPlease #Covid19 #Covid2020 #Covid1984 #Coronavirus #Lockdown
· Mar 23, 2020
Just heard from someone who has an essential job that very soon there will be a #curfew in #LosAngelesLockdown If you need to be out past curfew for your job you will need a letter to show the police. @JasonBermas @Timcast @Cernovich @JackPosobiec @dykes_aaron
10:13 PM · Mar 23, 2020·Twitter Web App
Is this COVID-19…or COVID-1984?
Mar 28, 2020
Big Brother isn’t letting the crisis go to waste…
Title credit to The Free Thought Project.
This Novel Flu-nancial Crisis: COVID-1984?
by Todd Smith / March 29th, 2020
If we don’t want a 1984-wellian scenario, and COVID-1984 is just the dress rehearsal for that, then we all need to find a way.
More like Covid-1984
As governments use more data-tracking technology to trace coronavirus infection, privacy-first projects are emerging in response.
By Marie Mawad in Paris
Friday 3 April 2020
Will Covid-19 spell the end of Europe’s long-cherished privacy ideals and give way to widespread technology-fueled state surveillance?
The Sun (London, UK)
LEO MCKINSTRY Tough coronavirus crackdowns will turn our lives into Covid-1984 – say goodbye to freedom and wave hello to CCTV drones
21 Apr 2020, 13:42 Updated: 21 Apr 2020, 19:00
IMAGINE a Britain where everyone dutifully carries an identity card and the Government tracks the movements of all its terrified citizens.
It is a bleak world of curfews and crackdowns, of mass surveillance and monitoring systems - with facial recognition cameras looming over every street corner.
Covid-1984 is a controlavirus
Covid-1984 inserted itself into reality
by Option 22 April 23, 2020
COVID-1984: Why are the authoritarian leftists afraid of the scientific method?
In their ongoing effort to exploit the Chi-Com Virus [SARS-CoV-2] pandemic, the left has taken the dangerous step of free-speech suppression. Why are they afraid of the truth?
by D Parker April 29, 2020
LETTERS / COVID 1984
PUBLISHED THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020 AT 8:48 AM
“The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.” Hermann Goering
Americans don’t need dictators to control us.
May 2, 2020
By Kellie J. Miller
The reality is that most of us are not so independent-minded and courageous; rather, we are easily influenced by groupthink. Made famous by George Orwell in his novel 1984, groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational and dysfunctional decision-making outcome.
May 4, 2020
Paul Joseph Watson
We’re in this together!
This is reportedly in Portland, if you don’t understand how dystopic and horrid this is you don’t even realize we are living in #COVID1984 and #Coronavirus will change all of our lives forever.
5:16 PM · May 5, 2020·Twitter Web App
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