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Welcome to the World of Newspeak – by Janet Levy – American Thinker

October 21, 2009

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Welcome to the World of Newspeak

By Janet Levy

In George Orwell’s novel, “1984,” Newspeak refers to language designed by a totalitarian regime to control thought and make subversive speech impossible. It destroyed words with prohibited meanings so that heretical thoughts couldn’t be expressed. A form of censorship, Newspeak employed euphemisms and words deliberately opposite the reality they described. For example, “joycamp” was the term assigned to forced-labor camps. The “Ministry of Truth” was in actuality an organ of disinformation.

Newspeak was created to institute thought control and thereby exert political control through restrictive changes to the language. The term is now commonly used to refer to attempts to obscure the truth, especially in political rhetoric which abounds with instances of it. For example, President Obama’s administration has officially replaced “terrorism” with the phrase “man-caused disasters.” Terrorist activity, such as suicide bombings perpetuated by Al Qaeda and other Islamic groups, is now benignly called “anti-Islamic acts.” In abortion debates, the taking of a human life is reframed as a “woman’s right to choose.”

Newspeak usage also crops up in legislation with titles that are the exact opposite of a bill’s intent. With ever-shortening American attention spans and media’s increasing focus on entertainment news, Newspeak is not simply a fictional danger but a real threat to the practice of democracy in America. Some recent examples include:  “The Respect for Marriage Act,” “The Employee Free Choice Act,” “Internet Freedom Preservation Act,” “American Clean Energy and Security Act” and “America’s Healthy Future Act.” A quick examination of each reveals Newspeak at work. 

via American Thinker: Welcome to the World of Newspeak.

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5 Comments
  1. carterthewriter permalink
    October 22, 2009 7:17 AM

    The longer an article is made, the more evident it becomes that the true nature of it is not readily evident, but over time, the intent becomes relevent when you discover your pocket has been picked.

  2. abijah permalink
    October 22, 2009 8:28 AM

    To determine the true intent of liberal newspeak, simply discount and ignore everything they say but look closely at what they do. This technique really works; try it. Liberal speech and publications are used to decieve and divert attention from facts on the ground. Liberals have no inhibitions about using lies to further their arguments; it’s just another tool in their toolbox. Lies are the primary language of liberals; they become unable to distinquish the truth and they come to believe their own fabrications. Watch what liberals do and ignore what they affirm to understand their agenda.

  3. carterthewriter permalink
    October 22, 2009 1:23 PM

    You’ll notice they shune the appearence of a cross, it melts their skin rapidly.

  4. truthteller permalink
    October 22, 2009 6:25 PM

    And pray tell why haven’t we mentioned the use of the benign phrase ‘enhanced interrogations’ when referring to torture (“Waterboarding,” and “Long Time Standing”, etc)? For political reasons, I guess… Pathetic article really. Typical one-sided claptrap…

  5. gobnait permalink
    October 22, 2009 8:02 PM

    …and let’s not forget the classic coined by that mother of all wordsmiths, Janet Napolitano: ‘manmade disater’ to replace ‘terrorism’!

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