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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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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

that Orwell post is right folks. Remember 1984? Doublethink. Newspeak.
Let me take a moment to talk about Newspeak. It is literally a language made to NARROW DOWN THOUGHT; there can be no critique if there is no words for it, they literally say about Newspeak in the book.

“Alternative facts”? “Alternative truths”? What we are looking at here are words meant to veil, words meant to cover. Do NOT let them shape your thought with their words. Do not let them deflect your anger and suspicion, do not let them lull you and do not let them get away with twisting the words.

THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE TO FACT.
THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE TO TRUTH.
NO POWER TO THE LIES

“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten.”

1984 was first published on this day, June 8, in 1949.

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Sales of George Orwell's 1984 surge after Kellyanne Conway's 'alternative facts'
Comments made by Donald Trump’s adviser have been compared to the classic dystopian novel, pushing it to become the sixth best-selling book on Amazon

Sales of George Orwell’s dystopian drama 1984 have soared after Kellyanne Conway, adviser to the reality-TV-star-turned-president, Donald Trump, used the phrase “alternative facts” in an interview. As of Tuesday, the book was the sixth best-selling book on Amazon.

Comparisons were made with the term “newspeak” used in the 1949 novel, which was used to signal a fictional language that aims at eliminating personal thought and also “doublethink”. In the book Orwell writes that it “means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them”.

New-speak

One of the most enlightening facts about society is that ideologies begin as a set of interelated ideas that are clearly stated and clearly stem from one another, but the way people typically convert to an ideology is not by a clear understanding of that school of thought, but a distorted understanding of the ideology within a narrative presented as a set of objective facts. Even values, judgements, and goals get presented as objectivity, even though their nature is entirely subjective. Ideologies get embedded into loaded language with baggage that often goes completely under the radar of its believers and skeptics alike. The premises, prejudices, biases, and judgements of an ideologies gets embedded into connotation, language, and context, and into a societal narrative that is shared through osmosis, throught in-narrative rhetoric, and through the emotions we attach onto the little ideas that make up the ideology. Often, it’s the mere context, a judgement attached to a factoid, the framework, the leading language, a specific lack of context, a specific learned method of leaving out certain details of information, and other such things which propagate ideological ideas. It’s actually quite a discipline requiring a lot of vigilance to prevent yourself from succumbing to the groupthink of an ideology. If you have never left an ideology, it’s likely you buy into more than one. But at the same time, many ideologies lead you into thinking that joining that ideology was actually your deconversion from a separate ideology and not the conversion to your current one.

To be a skeptic is to a school of thought is to examine a school of thought thoroughly without necessarily believing in it.

To be an ideologue is to believe in a school of thought without understanding it is a school of thought, without understanding.

1984 and Political Correctness

So, I have recently finished reading George Orwell’s 1984 and I must say that it is a wonderful work of literature. Dark and depressing, but wonderful nonetheless.  After reading it, I see how political correctness and newspeak can be considered one in the same. Let’s look at the two.

Newspeak is essentially a deconstructed version of Oldspeak (oldspeak being standard English). Newspeak saw many words, or their meanings completely removed from the English language. Take for example the word “free.” While it still existed, it could only be used in statements such as “The dog was free from lice.” It could not be used in its old sense of “politically free” or intellectually free.” Newspeak was designed to limit the range of thought by cutting the amount of words down to a minimum. Here is a quote from the book to get a better feel of newspeak.

“It’s a beautiful thing, the Destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well. It isn’t only the synonyms; there are also the antonyms. After all, what justification is there for a word, which is simply the opposite of some other word? A word contains its opposite in itself. Take ‘good,’ for instance. If you have a word like ‘good,’ what need is there for a word like ‘bad’? ‘Ungood’ will do just as well – better, because it’s an exact opposite, which the other is not. Or again, if you want a stronger version of ‘good,’ what sense is there in having a whole string of vague useless words like ‘excellent’ and ‘splendid’ and all the rest of them? ‘Plusgood’ covers the meaning or ‘doubleplusgood’ if you want something stronger still. Of course we use those forms already, but in the final version of Newspeak there’ll be nothing else. In the end the whole notion of goodness and badness will be covered by only six words – in reality, only one word. Don’t you see the beauty of that, Winston? It was B.B.’s idea originally, of course,” he added as an afterthought.

Now on to political correctness. It is defined in Merriam-Webster as,   “conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated.” As we know, anything can be offensive (and is quite subjective anyways) these days and that is used to silence others who hold dissenting opinions or used to limit free speech. When used, political correctness is essentially controlling what others say, which can come down to outright censorship. Don’t call Anita Sarkeesian an idiot for that means you’re sexist. Don’t fly an American flag because you might offend Muslims. Being fat is unhealthy?! FAT SHAMING! 

It is clear that both these forms of language are used to eliminate anything that could go against a greater power. In the case of Newspeak: the Party. In the case of political correctness: SJWs, feminists, even government officials. In both of these, if you go against the said greater powers respectively, you are guilty of “thoughtcrime” - an occurrence or instance of controversial or socially unacceptable thoughts. Something that might very possibly land you in jail. It’s as if feminists, SJWs, etc don’t want you to think, especially when they spew their bullshit. The more people they have that don’t think, the better it is for their agenda. The exact same for newspeak and the Party.

You see feminists, SJWs, and others? This is why people will compare you to Nazis or call some of the shit you pull Orwellian. This trend of political correctness is disturbing to me because of how authoritarian it can get and I only hope it won’t get worse.

Hopefully I put everything down in a clear manner. I’m sure there are things that could be added and stuff, but I’m pretty tired and the post seems to be long enough anyways.

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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

Dismissed. Peter Parker x Reader

A/N: THIS CAME OUT SO ANGSTY SO BE WARNED!

word count: 2,038

The clock on the wall ticked away the final minutes of your school day. Your teacher was still lecturing on something about the year 1984 and some other room called 101. You would much rather be at the gym training in the ring with your dad. You had gotten so good at fighting that it became all you did. Sure, your grades took a hit, but you weren’t planning on college. So, there was no point. As the teacher continued on about rats and Newspeak, you caught a glimpse of Peter Parker. He sat diagonal of you and you could tell that he was listening intently. He was a nice guy, and sick smart. Through all the years that you’ve known him, you took a lot of classes with him and he was at the top of the class when it came down to science and math. You were down the bottom half on the rankings. He was a good friend and you were never too proud to ask him for help to pass a class.

“Alright, so remember to study for your test over this book which is next week and remember… Big Brother is always watching.” The bell rang just as he finished speaking and you slung your bag over your shoulder, joining the mass of students in the hallways. At your own locker, there was a man leaning against the other lockers, arm crossed over his chest. You had never seen him before, so you kept your mouth shut. Your fingers passed over the lock and rotated it for the code, pulling hard to release the handle. Your gym bag sat on the bottom, so you switched out your bags.

“You’re Y/N then?” You froze, grabbing the bag tightly.
“Who wants to know?”
“Name’s Clint. Clint Barton.” He pushed the locker door shut and reached a hand in front of you. You took it and shook as politely as you could. “I’ve seen you fight, Y/N. You’ve got some serious talent.” Now it made sense.
“Look, I already told the other guy. I am not interested in a manager. I’m fine with what I’m doing.” You shoved passed him and slipped into the crowd. At your car, was another man. He was a lot bigger than Clint Barton. He was leaning against the front end of the car with his arms folded across his broad chest.

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mainly what i am sick of is liars and useful idiots who are incapable of speaking in anything other than the official party talking points and newspeak euphemistic jargon

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The Orwellian Destruction of Language Is Here 

We’re socially engineering generations of mentally neutered, entitled, self-centered adult children who can only get angry at inconsequential bullshit instead of critically thinking about what’s really wrong with the world happening all around them. Part of this includes the PC destruction of language for not being “inclusive” enough, turning otherwise harmless words into weapons of mass distraction. The entire reason for Orwell’s destruction of language was to literally narrow the person’s ability to think certain thoughts. It’s beyond thought crime, and it’s happening right here, right now. Doesn’t matter what year your calendar says, it’s 1984.“