If you look at this photo you’ll see a 16 year ld Swedish girl like many others. It could be you right? Instead she is a Swedish political activist working to stop global warming. What do you know about it?
Today it’s the International Women’s day and I’d like to focus on something positive that can give us hope and inspiration.
In August 2018 she became a prominent figure for starting the first school strike.
In November 2018 she spoke at TedEx Stockholm. Her speech is just stunning.
In December 2018, as you can see in the video below, she addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference, to reduce Carbon dioxide emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement.
This is the Paris Agreement in a nutshell 🙂
The American President Donald Trump instead withdrew from it in June 2017.
On March 15th there’ll be a general strike. If you want to know more check ‘School strike 4 climate’ or ‘Fridays for Future’, ‘Youth for climate’ o ‘Youth strike 4 climate.
With my presentation in class, you entered a new world, a totalitarian state as foreseen by George Orwell’s 1984. “Don’t speak, don’t show your emotions! Big Brother is watching you!“ The following video is a very effective supplement for studying 1984, with footage taken from the movie by M.Radford.
The next video is a quick and easy 1984 synopsis, analysis, and discussion of the main characters and themes in the novel.
The man who wrote this prophetic novel was George Orwell. Watch this video to integrate the biography you have studied in your text-book.
As, in these days, the term “Orwellian” is rather abused, I found very interesting and knowledgeable the following video by TedEd. After watching it can you now define what the correct meaning of the word ORWELLIAN is? WRITE IT DOWN IN YOUR NOTEBOOK.
Here’s the trailer of 1984, the movie from Orwell’s novel. Is this the future we want?
I now cannot help embedding the stunning, mind-blowing Apple’s commercial that introduced the Apple Macintosh Computer to the world by explicitly referring to Orwell’s novel. It was shown & broadcasted during the Superbowl in 1984. Apple is always one step beyond the others, don’t you think? 😉
What do you think is the message of the advertisement?
Is the ad effective also for those who don’t know the novel or does it need a certain amount of…education? LEAVE A COMMENT.
Last but not least for those who love music, the Eurythmics and Annie Lennox have created the soundtrack of the movie and the song SEXCRIME. Enjoy!
Lyrics: Can I take this for granted/With your eyes over me?/In this place/This wintery home/I know there’s always someone in/Sexcrime/Sexcrime Nineteen eighty four/And so I face the wall/Turn my back against it all/How I wish I’d been unborn/Wish I was unliving here/Sexcrime/Sexcrime Nineteen eighty four/I’ll pull the bricks down/One by one/Leave a big hole in the wall/Just where you are looking in.
I want to end this post by adding an excerpt from themovie “Detachment“ (2011), an American drama film about the high school education system directed by Tony Kaye, the director of American History X. I think this scene is fantastic to remind us of the importance of education & knowledge to avoid the dangers of a totalitarian society and regime, like the one depicted by G.Orwell. It can also help you comment & reflect on the novel we’re reading in class and Apple’s advertisement.
“Assimilate ubiquitously. DOUBLETHINK. To deliberately believe in lies, while knowing they’re false. Examples of this in everyday life: “Oh, I need to be pretty to be happy. I need surgery to be pretty. I need to be thin, famous, fashionable.” Our young men today are being told that women are whores, bitches, things to be screwed, beaten, shit on, and shamed. This is a marketing holocaust. Twenty-fours hours a day for the rest of our lives, the powers that be are hard at work dumbing us to death. So to defend ourselves, and fight against assimilating this dullness into our thought processes, we must learn to read. To stimulate our own imagination, to cultivate our own consciousness, our own belief systems. We all need skills to defend, to preserve, our own minds.”
“WE ALL NEED THIS, TO DEFEND AND PRESERVE OUR OWN MIND!!”