Sociological Horoscope By: Michael Rutschky A sociological horoscope is an idea put forth by Robert Anton Wilson, a writer of science-fiction

, philosophy, and psychology. In his book, Cosmic Trigger II: Down to Earth, he makes a list of several important events in world history that occurred the year he was born. These events would impact his life (and everyone else’s) much more than the zodiac ever would. When I read the chapter in his book it reminded me of how, years prior, I had attempted to do something similar for my own year of birth, 1984. The year 1984 will always have menacing undertones due to George Orwell’s novel of the same name. The book itself is hardly a prediction of the year I was born; Orwell merely reversed the last two numbers of the year in which he wrote the book, 1948. Nevertheless I have always kind of felt a little bit of pride from being born on the year of one of my favorite stories. A film adaptation of Orwell’s book was released that year, with the director being as meticulous as to actually shooting certain scenes of the movie on the same exact date in which they happened in the book. Pretty interesting, although when you see the movie this doesn’t really matter. The movie itself is alright, but it really downplays the role of love and passion as a powerful form of rebellion, which was always my favorite aspect of that story. The futuristic vision of 1984, in which the government achieves utopia by dumbing down the population, manufacturing paranoia, and deceiving people with purposely backwards logic (i.e. War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength, etc.), is constantly being cited by many people as prophetic of either 1984 or the present day (for a broader discussion of this check through the last several entries of my blog at The year 1984 saw a continuation of the conservative trend of the 1980’s, a trend that has found a revival in recent times. The year before Margaret Thatcher, leader of the UK’s Conservative Party, had been elected to a second term as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Over on our side of the pond, November of 1984 saw Ronald Reagan elected by a landslide to his first term as President of the U.S. with George Herbert Walker Bush as his Vice President. The Moral Majority, an extremely conservative organization of Christians in the U.S., was still going strong. On June 25, 1984, Prince and the Revolution released Purple Rain, one of the best records of the decade, and later that year Tipper Gore began the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) as a reaction to the album’s risqué lyrical content. Although the Moral Majority and the PMRC were constantly pushing censorship, it didn’t seem to slow down the increasingly decadent pop music of the decade, or its haven, MTV. On September 14, 1984, MTV aired the very first Video Music Awards, featuring Madonna rolling around in a wedding dress to “Like a Virgin”. Yes sir, the MTV Generation had arrived. In 1984 we were given Mandy Moore, Kelly Osbourne, Ashlee Simpson, and Avril Lavigne. Meanwhile, on the science side of things, 1984 gave us the Apple Macintosh and the first ever case of a robot killing a human (no joke)! And now here we are, 2007. Reagan’s legacy of world peace and economic bliss has continued through the administrations of his partner, George H.W. Bush, and well into the second term of Bush’s son. Moore, Osbourne, Simpson, and Lavigne have all

grown into phenomenal singer/songwriters, each one a true honor to MTV’s artistically groundbreaking music. The PMRC and the Moral Majority have saved the world from curse words and boobies, and we are all going to go to heaven when we die, which hopefully won’t be at the hands of the hoards of human crushing robots that take over the streets at night.