I just barely finished reading,"1984," the famous novel by George Orwell. It was a very good read, but it left me with a bit of a frightfully nihilistic aftertaste. The most unsettling thing about this story would be the numerous comparisons that can be drawn between the fictional world outlined in the book and the plight of the present-day world as we know it. It scares me to contemplate the possibility of society degrading to such a rigid system of thought that excludes all forms of individuality and thrives off of the exploitation/opression of the weak. Pure fiction? Prophecy? Cautionary tale? A little of all of the above? A lot of food for thought. Do yourself a favor and read it.