Category Archives: Orwell (George)

When Surveillance Is Incompetent

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Big Brother Is Data Mining You

The government”s Prism data-mining program predictably brings Orwell’s “1984″ to mind.

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Bad GOP Messaging? Try Doublethink

Some recent GOP attempts to soften their message while retaining their policies remind one of Orwellian doublespeak.

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Orwell Shot Down More Than an Elephant

Essayist Dylan Nice describes how Orwell’s essay “Shooting the Elephant” pulled him out of kneejerk rightwing prejudices.

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Can Art Change Big Brother?

The Oscar-winning German film “The Lives of Others” speaks to the ability of art to change people’s lives.

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Grendel as a Norwegian Christian Fascist

Apparently Anders Breivik was very well read and he mentions George Orwell, Franz Kafka, and Ayn Rand. What I find striking about them on the list is that they all articulate high levels of paranoia.

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George Orwell and Waterboarding

An indication that defenders are not entirely at peace with the practice is their use of a euphemisms. They don’t call waterboarding “torture,” even though the U.S. used to call it torture and it has generally been considered torture since the Spanish Inquisition used it. They instead call it “enhanced interrogation techniques.” Anyone who knows George Orwell’s 1984 recognizes this as classic doublespeak.

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Analyzing Loughner’s Booklist

Like much of America, I am still in a state of shock over Saturday’s shooting of a Congresswoman, a judge, and 16 others. Like many I wonder if this was an example of a disturbed mind encountering the inflamed political rhetoric that has come to characterize American political discourse. (Add Arizona’s permissive gun laws into […]

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