PKMKII wrote:I have a very good reason for not reading 1984: It got it wrong. Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong.
I fail to see how that's a good reason for not having read 1984, or any book. The point of a science fiction book isn't to predict the future necessarily, it's generally to make a point, or observations about current society. Sure, his fears didn't come to fruition, but reading the book is still a way to look into his particular 1940s mindset.
Besides, there are no dueling superpowers.
And just because modern technology has helped undermine oppressive governments other than the opposite, doesn't mean it's not, or at least wasn't a legitimate fear. Many of these technologies were created by the government, and they could've kept them. Or if a government is powerful enough, it can make sure independently made technologies don't proliferate, and only they get to use them how they want.