David Bowie's 1974 album Diamond Dogs was orginally intended to be a musical version of Nineteen Eighty-Four until George Orwell's estate said "Oh no you don't!" The more we go on, the more it shows that in many situations, the only thing Orwell was wrong about was the timing - and I'm not talking about the evil tyranny of socialised medicine.
By the way, lefties, if Orwell doesn't get blamed for all the ways right-wingers misunderstand and misprepresent his work, then give Ayn Rand the same break. It's not her fault if wingnuts miss the point and go thinking they're John Galt in the same way that 12-year-olds think they're Batman.
Bowie's work was prescient in its own way too. There's a line in the title track,
"In the year of the scavenger, the season of the bitch"
I can't think of a better line to sum up 2009 so far.