character: orwell

E tu,
adesso che mi hai visto come sono veramente,
riesci ancora a guardarmi?
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Ever since President Annoying Orange von GrabbyHands came into office, there’s been a lot of chatter about Orwell, and 1984, and whether this or that is Orwellian. Amazon was actually sold out of copies of 1984 for a few days after Kellyanne Conway said that falsehoods being spread by the administration were “Alternative Facts.”

So today I want to talk about 1984, what “Orwellian” actually means, and how Orwell explores the impact of language on thought and dissent with NewSpeak in his novel. And, at the end, we will look at how these concepts do and don’t apply to today’s political climate

I think this is part of the great lesson of both Churchill and Orwell – is if you’re being honest, you’re probably losing friends on your own side as well. That if you tell the truth as much as you can, if you can observe the facts as hard as you can to point to them, then you’re going to lose the people around you, occasionally. I think the great honor of both men was that they were willing to do that, to antagonize their own side with they thought that their own side was trampling on the truth.
Per come la vedeva lei, la vita era un fatto semplicissimo.
Tu ti volevi divertire, loro te lo volevano impedire,
e allora tu facevi del tuo meglio per infrangere le regole.
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Ever since President Annoying Orange von GrabbyHands came into office, there’s been a lot of chatter about Orwell, and 1984, and whether this or that is Orwellian. Amazon was actually sold out of copies of 1984 for a few days after Kellyanne Conway said that falsehoods being spread by the administration were “Alternative Facts.”

So today I want to talk about 1984, what “Orwellian” actually means, and how Orwell explores the impact of language on thought and dissent with NewSpeak in his novel. And, at the end, we will look at how these concepts do and don’t apply to today’s political climate


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At this point, every morning feels like waking up, checking the computer and witnessing a dystopian Orwell novel happening right before my eyes.

And the really shitty thing? It’s not even a good Orwell novel.

The characters are too stupid. Too bland. Too one-dimensional. It’s too much of a circus. No subtlety. 

Be real: Orwell would roll over in his grave before he wrote anything like this

Hey tumblr, look at these books right here,

you take a good look? good.

these books were both about how a society made to cater to people in terms of censoring “offensive” material became that of a dictatorship. 

you were meant to read these and be warned of the consequences, not use them as instruction manuals.