Ted Rall 2024

ISBN 13: 9781561632909

2024

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Move forward two decades. See the world as the giant media moguls and software companies have become our new big brothers. They want the best for us. They know what's best for us. And what's best for us we have chosen ourselves to be consumer heaven with no questions asked! A terrifying future where the past doesn't matter and no one cares! The motto to live by: 'yes, no, whatever!" Ted Rall updates and spoofs 1984 in a scathing look at where we could be headed. All Rall, guaranteed to kick your ass! Thought provoking? Try thought incensing! His best and most chillingly funny work yet! For mature readers. ³Astonishingly good! The ideas are so arresting and knowingly presented that you fall into the story in two pages. This is the work that Ted Rall's life and career have led up to. He knows this material intimately. 2024 should be required reading in every high school in America. It's just that scary.²

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Combining the most depressing aspects of Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World, Ted Rall's 2024 shows us where turn-of-the-century corporate America is heading if we don't collectively wake up. Yet, like most of Rall's work, it's not a downer. Even when the reader sees a not-so-twisted reflection of his or her own life in Winston and Julia's horrifying misadventures in neopostmodern "Canamexicusa," it's usually more of a belly laugh than a gut punch. Tearing away at the shrouds of irony that keep us from experiencing our lives more directly for all their faults, Rall captures the essence of our reactions to soft oppression by having his characters repeat the mantra "Yes. No. Whatever." If the best criticism is satire, then 2024 is as good as it gets. --Rob Lightner

About the Author:

Twice winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Ted Rall is a syndicated editorial cartoonist and columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. His previous books include To Afghanistan and Back, and Revenge of the Latchkey Kids.

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