George Orwell’s book – 1984 – is widely accepted, not as the biggest seller of all time but the most influential. Time and again his pages have been quoted by many a journalist, author and script writer. And for good reason: Life has imitated art.
1984 was a satire on Stalinism for the most part – Big Brother’s black-moustachio’d all powerful appearance, and the Trotsky figure that leads to a split in the Party are all there – but ironically, today’s world witnesses Capitalism and Democracy as having embraced its underbelly with open arms.
The brilliant piece about Communism has turned on itself in real life. No longer is it a popular piece of entertainment, but a functional handbook, it seems, for the life ahead of us in Western society.
Contemplate the Ministry of Truth’s 'newspeak and doublethink' for a moment . . . since Trump’s inauguration, the fake news agenda has become a force to be reckoned. With no attempts to conceal anything but the facts, the official language of 1984’s Oceania is threatening to break against our shores in tsunami-like torment.
Orwell’s description of the media establishment contained in The Ministry of Truth was described as:
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
Winston Smith, 1984’s protagonist, explains how doublethink and The Ministry of Truth works:
“That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink.”