As we move toward a more visual life, take a moment to explore how Orwell makes Winston’s past more about written text and his present more about the visual telescreen. How might the written word have more staying power over the spoken word?
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This is a pretty huge topic. The written word contains meaning and social cues that people can relate to for hundreds of years. This is why we continue to read classics like 1984. We can still relate to this book in a modern context. Visual stimuli, in my opinion, do not always carry the author's specific intents to a wide amount of people. Certainly visual art carries itself over time but much of it is interpretive. The written word keeps its original meaning.