#1984IsHere is the go-to hashtag on Saturday on Twitter, referencing George Orwell’s dystopian novel about the consequences of an authoritarian government, as many on the right see the banning of Donald Trump from Twitter as a sign that we are living in the repressive society warned about in the book. But many Twitter users are tossing that theory back at the right-wingers.
“The fact that #1984IsHere is trending really shows that no one in America has read the f—ing book,” one Twitter user wrote.
A textbook example of two sets of people looking at the same issue, yet seeing totally different things.
Actor Michael Sheen wrote: “‘..a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans..'”- George Orwell ‘1984’ #1984IsHere.”
"..a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans.."- George Orwell ‘1984’ #1984IsHere
— michael sheen 💙 (@michaelsheen) January 9, 2021
Here are a few others with similar mindsets:
— Ghost Dog (@JeetoCheesus) January 9, 2021
Weird #1984IsHere is trending in the wrong context. Big Brother = Trump. That's how it relates, not because he was banned from Twitter. He spread false information, just as the Inner Party did to keep the Outer Party and Proles ignorant and brainwashed. Put down the Victory Gin. pic.twitter.com/1wAq2a05zQ
— 3 Headed Mega Beast (@HAP0408) January 9, 2021
Also, the "thought police" didn't do what you think they did. They did surveillance and dumbed down language to make the party's rhetoric harder to fight or see through. If anyone is doing that, it's Trump. You guys are clearly eating it up.
— Gabriela (@gabbysway2) January 9, 2021
I read the book and thought it was here when Trump started saying "Don't believe what you see on the media, only what I tell you." 🙄
— Office of Star Sibyl (@clalaftyrathem) January 9, 2021
— Tibricel //Tibby (@Tibricel) January 9, 2021
— Will Chilton (@WillChilton1992) January 9, 2021
On the flip side, conservatives rang alarm bells over Twitter’s permanent suspension of Trump and what it might portend for free discourse:
Social networks will have to ban us all.
— Marcelo (@Marcelo98650176) January 9, 2021
People say Maga's use of this hash is ironic. Let me tell you something, it's not as ironic as the people praising the censoring, denouncing the comparisons from them to a novel about censorship and oppression. #1984IsHere.
— President-Elect Rascal (@CobaltBeetle) January 9, 2021
— Charlotte (@Starwargrl) January 9, 2021
— Thus Spoke Enli Hamzai (@EnliHamzai) January 9, 2021