Two Minutes of Hate

In George Orwell’s 1984, the Outer Party of Oceana exposes their citizens to the obligatory “Two minutes of hate” in which enemies of the state have their likeness put up on display and screamed at by the masses. One needs only spend a few minutes on Twitter’s Trending tab to see the shocking parallels.

Excerpt from the book:

The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic. And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp