Toronto Star | 11Jul2011 | Orest Slepokura

Orwell’s prescience on display

Re: Tabloid stops the presses, July 10, 2011

Early in George Orwell’s allegorical 1945 novel Animal Farm, we find Farmer Brown, the slack-jawed, neglectful owner of Manor Farm, asleep in a drunken haze beneath an open edition of The News of the World.

Orwell’s inclusion of this newspaper as a prop was, of course, no accident; reading the disreputable rag would be totally in character for a man like Brown.

And once again, considering the mucky scandal surrounding the trashy British tabloid, we note how far Orwell was able to see into the future.

Orest Slepokura, Strathmore, Alta.