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A Newspeak dictionary

 Words created to define new political concepts, or to protect a political ideology. These words are used to make an idea more acceptable. Some word’s apparent meaning is opposite from their actual meaning. (comparable to words such as Ministry of Truth, Goodsex, and Joycamp in Orwell’s version of Newspeak). via New Words. Advertisements

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Thought Police & Snitches

Nothing is efficient in Oceania except the Thought Police….A Party member lives from birth to death under the eye of the Thought Police. Even when he is alone he can never be sure that he is alone. Wherever he may be, asleep or awake, working or resting, in his bath or in bed, he can […]

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Human rights and the law on snooping

However, as The Herald reports today, officers are less likely to be taken by surprise again, thanks to the implementation of sophisticated software for the monitoring and analysis of social media sites. As well as identifying and tracking potential troublemakers, the new technology has the capacity to gauge public mood by analysing patterns and trends […]

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Thoughtcrime – Orwell’s creation

In the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, thoughtcrime is the criminal act of holding unspoken beliefs or doubts that oppose or question the ruling party. In the book, the government attempts to control not only the speech and actions, but also the thoughts of its subjects. Unacceptable thought is known as crimethink in […]

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I Do Choose to Run: Human Rights (Double)talk

To the four governmental bodies that belie their names in his dystopian novel “1984” – the Ministry of Love, which oversees torture; the Ministry of Peace, which conducts war; the Ministry of Plenty, which rations food; and the Ministry of Truth, which disseminates lies – George Orwell could have appended a fifth: the United Nations […]

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Newspeak – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Newspeak is a fictional language in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In the novel, it refers to the deliberately impoverished language promoted by the state. Orwell included an essay about it in the form of an appendix[1] in which the basic principles of the language are explained. Newspeak is closely based on English but has […]

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Are We Moving Closer to Newspeak?

In George Orwell’s 1984, standard English is referred to as Oldspeak. Newspeak, however, is the language ideal, which (the governing party of Ingsoc-English Socialism-hopes) will eventually replace Oldspeak completely . . . and with it, the free-thinking ideas humans used to enjoy. With Newspeak, speech would become terse and only demonstrate the ideals of Ingsoc. […]

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Political correctness is today’s Newspeak

In George Orwell’s chilling novel “1984,” Newspeak is a method of controlling the people’s language in order to keep them under Big Brother’s heavy hand. It is a devious, diabolical system using brainwashing and mind-control to allow only certain “approved” words and ideas to be used. We have the same thing in our society today. […]

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The Light Bulb Ban and Doublethink

Quick, which one of these statements does NOT come from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four? WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH INCANDESCENT BULBS AREN’T GETTING BANNED…IN FACT, THEY ARE GETTING BETTER. Tough choice?  OK—take a few more seconds. Time’s up.  The answer is number 4—it’s from a new mass email from ACEEE (the […]

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Is the Justice Department Holding Torturers Accountable?

The answer might depend on which media outlet you rely on. I read the headline at Democracy Now! on Friday: “Justice Dept Drops 99 of 101 Cases Against CIA for Abuse and Torture” The New York Times, on the other hand, offered a different sort of emphasis: “U.S. Widens Inquiries Into 2 Jail Deaths” via […]

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