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Jan
17

1984 “Surging”


Sales of George Orwell’s dystopian drama 1984 have soared after Kellyanne Conway, adviser to the reality-TV-star-turned-president, Donald Trump, used the phrase “alternative facts” in an interview. As of Tuesday, the book was the sixth best-selling book on Amazon.

Comparisons were made with the term “newspeak” used in the 1949 novel, which was used to signal a fictional language that aims at eliminating personal thought and also “doublethink”. In the book Orwell writes that it “means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them”.

See article here:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jan/24/george-orwell-1984-sales-surge-kellyanne-conway-alternative-facts

The inevitable outcome in an age of relativism where truth is seen as something subjective.

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3 Responses to “1984 “Surging””


  1. 1 Marleen
    January 25, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_hayes_HInsideTrumpWH_170124
    This video goes a bit into the dynamics involved in getting the press secretary and others “out there.”

    I tried to find a clip of another recent lie, that government hiring has been astronomical. But I think that was addressed in a segment series called Thing one, Thing two (which isn’t on the site).

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-literary-dividing-line-between-trump-and-obama
    This is an article, with an associated transcript of an interview, not video.

  2. 2 Marleen
    January 26, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/trump-aides-cant-stop-blabbing-about-how-hes-a-madman.html
    The president is a 70-year-old child whose TV time must be closely monitored — because any news story that upsets his ego will trigger a temper tantrum followed by irrational demands that his indulgent, overwhelmed guardians will be helpless to refuse.

    Or so Donald Trump’s aides keep confiding to the nearest available reporter.

    ……….

    This account of Trump’s tumultuous first days in office comes from interviews with nearly a dozen senior White House officials and other Trump advisers and confidants, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations and moments.

    Nearly a dozen of Trump’s closest confidantes helped plant an embarrassing news story about how their boss can’t handle embarrassing news stories. Which is to say: A president who prizes loyalty in his subordinates has already been betrayed by a huge swath of his inner circle.

    It isn’t hard to understand why Trump’s aides would want to distance themselves from the mogul’s decision to begin his presidency by shouting self-aggrandizing delusions at CIA employees, congressional leaders, and the Fourth Estate. But we aren’t in the late days of a losing campaign, when it’s normal for advisers to start leaking dirt on the boss to save their reputations. We’re less than four full days into the Trump presidency…

    The next two links (videos) are related to each other as well as to “alternative facts”/propaganda.
    http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_maddow_appp_170125
    … first look at the latest PPP poll showing Donald Trump with historically low approval ratings and that most Americans do not believe his lies about inauguration numbers, though his supporters do.
    Duration: 11:38

    http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_maddow_cb1voa_170125
    … restructuring of the Voice Of American broadcast network means that Donald Trump has the unique opportunity to staff a state-run media operation broadcasting inside the United States.
    Duration: 6:57

  3. 3 Marleen
    January 27, 2017 at 3:32 am

    http://www.oregonlive.com/trending/2017/01/two_editions_of_1984_top_sales_charts_penguin_orders_more.html

    The book was No. 1 on Amazon’s bestsellers list. And on Wednesday, another edition of the novel has cracked the top 10 while Trump’s own “The Art of the Deal” fell from No. 7 to No. 14.

    Penguin USA publishes the edition that’s been thrust to the top of the charts while Brawtley Press prints those that have appeared as high as No. 4 Wednesday.

    …….

    Orwell isn’t the only author who’s enjoying a resurgence in popularity.

    Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here,” a satire that explores how a fascist could have replaced Franklin Roosevelt as president, has also cracked the top 10.


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