4.5.10 Dialect Crimethink Doubleplus Dangerful

WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

I just got finished re-reading one of my most formative books, George Orwell’s 1984.  I wanted to go back and re-read it after having started The Dialect in order to discuss ‘Newspeak.’  In this classic dystopian novel, Orwell invents ‘Newspeak’, a regressive language introduced by the Party to prevent resistance by restricting thought. 

1984’s social vision and historical prediction resonates with those who distrust government and fear a future of repression.  Sadly, though, its easy to find 1984 fans upon whom Orwell’s powerful message is utterly lost.  

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“Why use at all?”: Government Word Suggestions in Hard Times

At the break of the worst financial crisis in decades, March of 2009, England’s Local Government Association mobilized efficiently and effectively to issue a strong statement encouraging local councils to ‘ditch the jargon’ and replace it with plain English.  This, they said, would help make government more user-friendly as things quickly went to shit. 

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