George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four is widely accepted, not for being the biggest seller of all time but for being the most influential. Time and again his pages have been quoted by journalists, authors and scriptwriters. And for good reason: Life has imitated art.
The brilliant piece about Communism is no longer entertainment but a functional handbook for the life threatening Western society.
Contemplate the Ministry of Truth’s ‘newspeak and ‘doublethink’ for a moment . . . since Trump’s inauguration, the fake news agenda has accelerated. With no attempts to conceal anything but the facts, the official language of Orwell’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 also 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.”