In Modi's newspeak
, Indian nationalism is the new N-word and equals Nazism.
In Orwell's 1984, we learn that the fictional totalitarian country of Oceania invented a new language called newspeak
, which strips words of their habitual significations, constricts the semantic boundaries of existing words, narrows the range of vocabularies people can use, and privileges, indeed insists on, the meanings the state imposes on words and expressions.
Its history, its corrupt and tyrannical ruling Party, its oppressive and terrifying technology, its ingenious propagandistic language ("Newspeak
"), its hatred of the body and sexuality (Julia belongs to--and pretends to support--the Junior Anti-Sex League): all this makes it a rounded, fascinating, creatively elaborated "character." And there is no room for any other.
" and "doublethink" go together in a sense.
They are usually advertised as being 'flexible' (Newspeak
for 'transferable') but this flexibility is antidemocratic.
has been adopted so that there is sham consent for release of medical records.
There was even a word for it in Newspeak
: facecrime, it was called.
is the unofficial first language of Canada, overlying the two official languages of French and English characteristic of Canadian identity, and forcing, insidiously, a uniform expression of values and identity that was never ours.
Their new track Newspeak
sees the band getting back to basics, it's a raw rock track recorded live, it's the sound of a band having fun in a room together and nothing more.
In his novel 1984, Newspeak
, the language of the fictional society Oceania, is full of "doublethink"--slogans such as "War Is Peace; Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength." In the appendix, "The Principles of Newspeak
," Orwell explores the power of the structures and vocabulary of language to alter consciousness, to make "heretical thoughts" "literally unthinkable." In this way, he tells us that we must all be vigilant in seeking the truth behind obfuscation and euphemism.
In George Orwell's dystopian novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four," the imaginary totalitarian state enforces people to use the newly invented language "Newspeak
." There, the "Ministry of Peace" actually means Ministry of War.