Gringo View: Revisiting ‘1984’ – Are We Going Mad?

The dictionary definition of a dystopian world is "an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives. Dystopia translates literally as ‘bad place’.” That this word is being searched so frequently, and used so often, suggests that growing numbers of people are as disturbed as I am.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) It has become seriously disquieting and almost impossible to know what to believe in the dystopian world into which we now seem to be sinking deeper and deeper. This gringo sometimes feels like we are all going mad.

While not everyone knows what ‘dystopian’ means, the recent GOP Convention which anointed Donald Trump as its candidate for a second term drove lookups for ‘dystopia’ and ‘dystopian’ at Merriam-Webster to increase by 2000 percent. Trump’s acceptance speech at the end was a dystopian creed. Wrote Melanie Mason in ‘The Washington Post’, “For four nights . . .

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