based on chapter 1 part 1
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Winston is not an orthodox member of society. He's purposely hung his telescreen at such an angle that there is a small alcove in which Winston cannot be seen. He writes in a diary, which is forbidden and considered "thought crime".
Winston kept his back turned to the telescreen. It was safer, though, as he well knew, even a back can be revealing.
For some reason the telescreen in the living-room was in an unusual position. Instead of being placed, as was normal, in the end wall, where it could command the whole room, it was in the longer wall, opposite the window. To one side of it there was a shallow alcove in which Winston was now sitting, and which, when the flats were built, had probably been intended to hold bookshelves. By sitting in the alcove, and keeping well back, Winston was able to remain outside the range of the telescreen, so far as sight went. He could be heard, of course, but so long as he stayed in his present position he could not be seen.
The thing that he was about to do was to open a diary. This was not illegal (nothing was illegal, since there were no longer any laws), but if detected it was reasonably certain that it would be punished by death, or at least by twentyfive years in a forced-labour camp.