Tuesday, October 30, 2018

This Copy of "1984" Gets Less Censored As You Read It [Art]

1984 by George Orwell is a classic and defining dystopian novel, set in a future Britain ruled by a fascist government that uses manipulation, propaganda, and censorship to control the minds of its citizens. The novel brought us the term "Big Brother" as a catch-all term for any oppressive government actions, and has only grown more popular over the years as technology has allowed new levels of surveillance into our lives, and propaganda grows more sophisticated.

In 2013, Penguin Books UK released a new cover of 1984 to capture the theme of censorship and also the importance of reading. Designed by David Pearson, the cover has nothing except the publisher and price. Where the title and author should be are what look like black strips like they've been blacked out. However, if you look closely and feel, you can find the missing information has been embossed into the cover.

But that's not the best part. No, the best part is that the black foil strips can be worn off over time, so the more you handle the book, the more the cover becomes clear. It's like every time you pick it up, you're fighting the censorship implied by the cover.

What do you think?

[Via Creative Review via The Verge]

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