Here is a more critical, and somewhat satiric, perspective that can be taken as an argument for continuing to read 1984:
One needs only to listen to the news and political commentaries to hear people allude to this novel. In fact, it would seem that 1984 is fast becoming a handbook with the tremendous growth and intrusiveness of governmental bureaucracies into the lives of U.S. citizens. The news is replete with reports of the National Security Administration's recording of phone conversations with the cooperation of A T & T, the IRS's targeting of certain political groups, etc.
The "Thought Police" are at work as citizens are being villified for expressing certain opinions that not "politically correct," even to the point of losing jobs and business contracts. Also, as in 1984, children report their parents to authorities for things that they have said and done. Some of the "Thought Police" are teaching on the college campuses. For instance, a leftist professor at Michigan State University, who teaches creative writing--not political science--lectured to his first day students in an anti-Republican rant, contending that Republicans want to prevent "black people" from voting. Further, he described Republicans as "a bunch of dead white people--or dying white people" [http://tinyurl.com/Ive4te7]. This professor received MSU's Distinguished Faculty Award in 2003, so he must be acting appropriately for the college and its ideologies. Another professor at the University of California has the same opinion in his classroom. Last fall, he ranted that Republicans are "stupid and racist" and "the last vestige of antry old white people" [http://tinyrl.com185khtk].
Certainly, the Ministry of Truth has been at work in the recent political and international conversations about the debacle of Benghazi, as well as the scandals of the IRS and NSA, and the chemical weapons situation in Syria as figures of government have said things, contradicted themselves in "Doublespeak," or perjured themselves in official hearings. There are many connected to the Benghazi Scandal who have been prohibited from talking. In addition, recent scientific reports conclude that the affect of carbon dioxide emissions from coal and other human manufactured emissions is negligible in inducing global warming. Yet the government continues to argue against coal production, oil pipelines, etc.
Orwell's warnings about Communism need to be read with the new threats of the likes of Putin and the burgeoning ideals of bigger government (Stalin had a huge government with many bureaucracies) and the renewed ideas of "sharing the wealth"--e.g. the Take Down Wall Street protests.
There have been any number of politicians who have said contradictory things in contemporary times. Recently however, the "Red line" that the president drew became the "red line" that the world drew. In an interview in the past, a reporter asked a question in a press conference seven months ago, and received this answer, "This isn't a politics of the moment, this has to do with what we can do now"  Political cartoons abound with jabs at this "doublespeak." Chicago Trbune's "Cartoon gallery" of 14 September 2013 has several, for instance.