culture, general silliness

Finally, A Focus for My Anger

Everybody here read 1984? It’s one of my all time favorite books. Within the novel, the workers at Minitrue are herded into a large room for the Two Minutes’ Hate, during which pictures of the most hated man in Oceania, Emmanuel Goldstein, are flashed on a big screen as a form of brainwashing. Crude, but ultimately somewhat ineffective.

In the same vein, I have discocered a picture that arouses such complete hatred and evokes such intense remembrances of childhood anger that it will now become the focus of my own Two Minutes’ Hate. Join me, if you will, in the hate:


Yes, it’s that fucking dog from Duck Hunt, and the fucker is laughing at all of us! I hate that miserable canine douche.  I was always bitter that I couldn’t shoot him as well, no matter how hard I tried. The rest of my childhood, the good and the bad bits, all seem positively pastoral by comparison.

Or maybe I’m over-thinking this? It’s a possibility.

12 thoughts on “Finally, A Focus for My Anger

  1. Hi, I’m Dan.
    I know nothing about Nintendo Entertainment, so I had to search the net to find whom do you hate so fiercely. Yeah, it’s good to have somebody to hate, otherwise you might – gosh! – to hate politicians.
    Nineteen Eighty Four together with Animal Farm, Burmese Days are amidst my favoutited too. My son had his master degree in philosophy last year on totalitarian regime and language in Orwell’s vision. But, Why 1984? Why not 2004? or 2104? This book will be actual for ever.
    Dan, Romania, htpp://


  2. Of course. I just say that his book is and will remain actual. Try to read BRAVE NEW WORLD by Huxley (if you want you can free download it from my “literature” page; in fact, I already have a lot of free download books there and I add one daily). Written few years before 1984, describes in other style the same morbid world. Not that Orwell coppied Huxley, there are much more: The Time Machine and The Island of Doctor Moreau by Wells, Orwell’s essaie Politics and the English Language, the distropic novel “We” by Yevgeny Zamyatin, Swastika Night by Katherine Burdekin (1937), The Lion and the Unicorn and Why I Write, by Orwell.
    Hear of you, Dan.


  3. Thanks Dan M for the references – the dystopian novel is an interesting genre, and has really interesting possibilities for political satire and commentary. I’ve heard of some of the ones you mention, and I’ve got some work to do catching up. “When the Sleeper Wakes” by H.G. Wells is good as well – it seems to deceptively begin as a more utopian vision, but quickly goes downhill for the protagonist. The dystopian genre has not been as ‘active’ as others since the late 20th century, and that’s a shame, really. I will definitely pop in for a visit, thanks again.


  4. Yes, you are right. I read When the Sleeper Wakes.
    You have a fine site and very fine opinions and tastes. “I’ll be back soon…” as Woody use to say.


  5. I wouldn’t say dystopian literature has been inactive, Flash – a very good example would be Philip Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’, or Max Barry’s ‘Jennifer Government’ – both of those are less than 5 years old.


  6. Well, I wouldn’t call BSG ‘literature’ in the sense that I meant it, although it is absolutely exceptional and a good example in a broader sense.
    I stand corrected – I don’t actually know everything, I just pretend that I do. I actually read fiction of any sort very, very rarely, so I am out of touch with recent works. I do read lots and lots of nonfiction, though. Just personal preference.


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