Twit Wit Radio, for April 29, 2012 - 7:00pm
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Thank you for your backhanded praise of TwitWitRadio and please accept our apology for including the offensive torture scenes in our dramatization of George Orwell's novel 1984 (part 3 chapter 2 and 3). We too are as opposed to torture as you and George Orwell.
You have identified an Orwellian double bind that any dramatization of 1984 must confront: How to stage a classic novel warning against censorship and state torture without repulsing audiences who might benefit by being informed about it.
Can Orwell's graphic warning against state torture be minimized or cut without
committing an act of censorship that gives aid and comfort to the torturers?
Orwell's opposition to abusive state power as depicted in 1984 is an attempt to use art to expose how torture is used to dominate and enslave a population not to endorse it.
The good news is that TwitWitRadio is considering Julian Huxley's Brave New World for a future dramatization. Huxley's depiction of abusive state power is accomplished using happy drugs instead of torture. The population is ecstatically happy in their slavery and there is none of the unpleasant groaning or moaning heard in Guantanamo or on the streets of Oakland.
Sorry to say, I was grossed out by your unfunny and seemingly endless torture stuff last Sunday. It was so repellent and endless that I actually shut off the radio and didn't go back. Up till then I had been running around touting Twit Wit Radio to anyone who would listen to me as the best thing that had happened to KPFA since forever. But that gruelling torture stuff just wasn't at all tolerable or excusable. I could have put up with a quick cut of it, but not the repetitious nastiness. I guess I should have already written to congratulate you on your refreshing, innovative satirical wit, so now you'll just have to settle for this backhanded praise. (And now tthat the so relentless pledge drive is on, I'm shunning the station in general since its stupid practice is to endlessly harangue its audience. Pathetic. (I much appreciated your spoofing of the pledge drive in the past, by the way!)
Thank you for your praise of TwitWitRadio and please accept our apology for including the offensive torture scenes in our dramatization of George Orwell's novel 1984 (part 3 chapter 2 and 3).
You have identified an Orwellian double bind that any dramatization of 1984 must confront: How to stage a classic novel with graphic depictions of censorship and state torture without repulsing audiences or censoring Orwell.
If the intent of Orwell's 1984 was to oppose state torture by exposing it, any adaptation for radio that minimizes its depiction is an "enhanced interpretation" speaking half truths to power.
We too are repulsed by the torture of Winston Smith. The only thing worse would have been to censor it. We hope you agree.
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