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Comment Re:Masking tape (Score 1) 478

I believe it was a reference to soma. Brave New World is generally seen as being more "bread and circuses" whereas 1984 leans more towards oppressive governmental control[1] (see, eg, Amusing Ourselves To Death by Neil Postman). Television is fairly Huxley-esque in that it's about people voluntarily distracting themselves from the burden of political involvement, rather than being forcibly put in their place by something like Miniluv.

[1]: That's not to say that the majority of the population in 1984 isn't kept under control by the media, it's just a less prominent theme.

Comment Re:Irony (Score 2) 101

I'm relatively sure "they" has a long history of being used for a set of people without implying they're a specific group with any sort of organisation.

For instance: "Bakers are excellent. They make delicious things for me to eat."

If you think bakers are a more concrete group than Anonymous then you're kidding yourself. Anonymous is simply "anyone who identifies as Anonymous in some context".

Comment Re:Irony (Score 2) 101

It'll be a V for Vendetta movie reference, more accurately.

Which is sort of derived in part from the whole Guy Fawkes thing, but I bet most of Anonymous have very little idea about anything outside of that film[1].

[1] I initially meant "anything about Guy Fawkes outside of that film", but I'll leave it as it stands.

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