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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Spin, Reality Control, Doublethink

Karl Rove, Karen Hughes and Fox News, they all are masters of doublethink. Back in the Reagan years we thought we were seeing Big Brother incarnate, but we were way wrong. Peace Keeper missile and Vegatational reorganization were just baby concepts compared to the truly Orwellian ideas that BushCo is serving up in the sheeple buffet today. Iraq, the economy, healthcare, the environment (just to name a few) - each one has been corrupted with the infection of doublethink.
Doublethink is, as Orwell said

...the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. ... To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies—all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.

The Party said that Oceania had never been in alliance with Eurasia. He, Winston Smith, knew that Oceania had been in alliance with Eurasia as short a time as four years ago. But where did that knowledge exist? Only in his own consciousness, which in any case must soon be annihilated. And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed -if all records told the same tale -- then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.' And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. 'Reality control', they called it: in Newspeak, 'doublethink'.George Orwell, 1984.