Wednesday, January 04, 2006


For those of you who have not read George Orwell's 1984, I urge you to do so.
Those of you who have will recognize the title of this post. The concept of Doublespeak is to say the exact opposite of what you mean. For example, in a "People's Republic of..." the people have little or no say about their lives. Rather, the state controls them. Or the old Russian standby Pravda, which means "truth", was the propaganda vehicle for the Communist Party.

Closer to home is the incantation "tolerance" used to ward off evil Christian symbols and holidays. Or "diversity" used to ensure homogenous thought at universities. Or "freedom of speech" used to demand an audience and a platform.

The exempt media wants to shut down bloggers because they have "no editorial oversight", yet bristle about their own freedoms when challenged, aka Dan Rather and memogate. Blogger AJStrata has some interesting thoughts about the media.

See some thoughts by the Anchoress, Kobayashi Maru and Sisu also. If we start a class-action lawsuit, I'm in.

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