The news in Oceania

There are large screen televisions everywhere and they report incessantly on the mass shooting of the day. I am reminded of the constant war reporting in 1984.

By electronic mail on the home front, we are warned daily about a black man with an automatic pistol who has attempted an armed robbery at the edge of campus.

The shootings happen daily elsewhere and are reported upon in great detail. The attempted armed robbery always takes place between midnight and dawn and the message about the perpetrator varies slightly but is essentially always the same.


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