Classic Novel '' Sales Are Up In The Era Of 'Alternative Facts' : The Two-Way : NPR
On the Sunday political talk show Meet the Press, Kellyanne many others of George Orwell's dystopian, politically-charged novel “Ignorance is strength” ~Party Motto, counselor, and confidant, Kellyanne Conway, admitted as much to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press. Yes, George Orwell's , his vivid and colossally cynical novel about a Conway's appearance this past Sunday on Meet the Press.
Lies purposefully designed to undermine the very capacity to make truth claims. Orwell was right to warn of this.
That is what we are up against. But now that he has power, Trump can wield that power to validate these Orwellian lies and prevent the dissemination of the truth using the state.
He started on Day 1. Any information on protecting the environment is now a Trump taboo. It was their final, most essential command. This is why a free press is so important. Trump is seeking to destroy objective truth. We need a vibrant, dogged press to call him on his lies and spread the truth.
It is because the seductive, repetitious lie works, and it lays the groundwork for the repeal of those rights which we hold dear.
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Orwell warned us about it, but so did Hannah Arendt: Think about the lies Trump has told regarding Muslims. Think about who he has promised to register and ban on the basis of their religion. Fighting for the truth may be as important as fighting against the loss of our rights. Especially since the Orwellian lies work. Their responses show that the Orwellian lies are effective: Absorbing the Orwellian lies that Trump spouts infects more than just the particular belief Trump is seeking to corrupt.
How do we fight against the Orwellian lie? At times, it can start to feel that the only way to outmaneuver an adversary unbounded by the truth is to beat them at their own game. But that would be deeply misguided.
If we try to meet the Russian government in its upside-down world — where right is left and black is white — we will have helped them achieve their goal, which is creating a world where all truth is relative, and where trust in the integrity of our democratic system is lost. I agree that meeting lies with lies will not work. But what can we do?
What should we do? We have to fight misinformation with information. As the Dale interviews above show, the facts are not enough. It must be plainly stated: Trump is a liar.
These are the words the media needs to use. Dan Rather happens to agree.
Classic Novel '1984' Sales Are Up In The Era Of 'Alternative Facts'
While 's spike is particularly notable, the book's popularity has been rising for many years. The Orwell's estate's literary agent Bill Hamilton said in"Interest in Orwell is accelerating and expanding practically daily We're selling in new languages - Breton, Friuli, Occitan - Total income has grown 10 per cent a year for the last three years.
He died at 46 just six months after the book's publication in Junethinking of the book as a critical and commercial success.
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It was, but three years later the novel had fallen out of fashion. Only about copies were purchased each month, barely enough to keep the book in print. It remained that way untilwhen the BBC produced and distributed a filmed "horror" adaptation of the novel. The network was quick to add a disclaimer: As the Daily Beast reported: Those for Nineteen Eighty-Four were, for a live drama, unprecedented.
The tally seven million was exceeded only by that for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth the previous year. And like Big Brother's gaze, it became ubiquitous - and stayed that way.
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Sales soared toward the astounding numbers they reach today. The CIA grew interested, financing an American film adaptation with one request - instead of ending the film with the iconic four words or at least the sentiment they contain"He Loved Big Brother," the agency doctored the story to have Winston Smith being shot after yelling "Down with Big Brother!
More film adaptations these seemingly free of CIA interference were eventually made, as the book was printed and reprinted to aid high school English teachers in informing America's youth.