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2005

The return of "1984"

06/24/05

If you take something to read at the beach this summer make sure it is not one of George Orwell's books. The comparison with current events will ruin your day. In what was then the futuristic, nightmare world of '1984,' written in 1949, Orwell introduced the concepts of 'newspeak, 'doublethink,' and 'the mutability of the past,' all concepts that seem to be alive and well in 2005, half a century after Orwell's death. In the ever-changing rationale of why we went to war in Iraq, we can imagine ourselves working in Orwell's 'Ministry of Truth,' in which 'reality control' is used to ensure that 'the lie passed into history and became the truth.' And what about the Bush administration's insistence that all is going well in Iraq? ... What of Donald Rumsfeld's newspeak, or was it doublethink, saying that 'no detention facility in the history of warfare has been more transparent' than Guantanamo?

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from Boston Globe, by H.D.S. Greenway


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