The Other Big Brother

I am using the Big Brother WordPress theme.

It is designed and made by Automattic, the company that owns WordPress.

Someone at the company has a sense of humour.

Giving the name Big Brother to a WordPress theme that is described as being “the perfect theme for large organizations and government.” is funny.

If you don’t know the connection, Big Brother is a character in George Orwell’s 1949 book, Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Nineteen Eighty-Four describes a dictatorship that persecutes individualism and independent thinking as “thoughtcrimes”.

It is a dystopian novel where everything true is subverted… even the language used is subverted to its opposite.

For example, the task of disseminating lies and propaganda is given the Ministry of Truth.

So, deep in the belly of Big Brother, I publish this post.


1 Comment

  1. I, too, smiled when I saw this.

    It’s been so long since I read the book — it was at least long before 1984 — so I’ve forgotten most of it, except that I found it creepy.


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