Origin: From George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four
"1984" is an American television commercial which introduced the Apple Macintosh personal computer. It was conceived by Steve Hayden, Brent Thomas and Lee Clow at Chiat/Day, Venice, California, produced by New York production company Fairbanks Films, and directed by Ridley Scott. Anya Major performed as the unnamed heroine and David Graham as Big Brother. Its only U.S. daytime televised broadcast was on January 22, 1984, during and as part of the telecast of the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII by CBS. Chiat/Day also ran the ad one other time on television, in December 1983 right before the 1:00 am sign-off on KMVT in Twin Falls, Idaho, so that the advertisement could be submitted to award ceremonies for that year. In addition, starting on January 17, 1984 it was screened prior to previews in movie theaters for a few weeks. It has since been seen on television commercial compilation specials, as well as in "Retro-mercials" on TV Land. In one interpretation of the commercial, "1984" used the unnamed heroine to represent the coming of the Macintosh as a means of saving humanity from "conformity". These images were an allusion to George Orwell's noted novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, which described a dystopian future ruled by a televised "Big Brother". The rows of marching minions have direct cinematic parallels with those in the opening scenes of the classic dystopian film Metropolis. The estate of George Orwell and the television rightsholder to the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four considered the commercial to be a copyright infringement and sent a cease-and-desist letter to Apple and Chiat/Day in April 1984.
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Rank popularity for the word '1984' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1700
The numerical value of 1984 in Chaldean Numerology is: 0
The numerical value of 1984 in Pythagorean Numerology is: 0
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious." (Orwell, "1984")
It has been a great few days, we have heard such amazing input. People love Los Angeles and see it as a key Olympic city, people have such fond memories of the 1984 Games.
In the 1984 Euros, (President) Francois Mitterrand was very unpopular and it didn't change anything for him, even though France had a stellar performance and (Michel) Platini scored nine goals.
When I started Sam Adams [in 1984], everyone thought it was a crazy idea. There were no craft breweries around, no one would lend me money, and I needed just basic nuts-and-bolts business advice.
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