1984 by George Orwell
Today’s newspaper’s Entertainment Section spent an entire page dedicated to explaining the new Disney Channel “stream” that will begin in November. I only glanced at the schedule, but noticed the entry, “The World According to Jeff Goldblum, a series in which the actor explains everyday stuff. Need we say more?” Need they say “more”? They need to say ANYTHING better than that … “stuff”? What has happened to language usage? It’s all gotten so dumbed down that, in my opinion, it’s noticeable and it’s heartbreaking.
Orwell predicted this in his book, 1984. The concept of “newspeak”, the systematic eradication of spoken and written vocabulary that would bring the proletariat to its knees as far as the ability to fight the relentless totalitarianism and make it more difficult for the people to communicate and foment resistance. It is reading the paper this morning that caused me to change my book choice from my original selection to George Orwell’s 1984. I had intended a lighter choice, but here we are in 2019. Look at the state of things – today I stick with 1984, while my heart is still in 1967 – things about “stuff”? Orwell might say, “double plus bad!”
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