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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Down the memory hole


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"With the deep, unconscious sigh which not even the nearness of the telescreen could prevent him from uttering when his day's work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles. Then he unrolled and clipped together four small cylinders of paper which had already flopped out of the pneumatic tube on the right-hand side of his desk."(orwell 1984)

AP: BAGDAD,Iraq ~(June 17th 2005) - "Us Troops launched a major combat operation Friday..."
What?
Major Combat Operations are over....over for 2 Years now...

President Bush~ May 2003 - Major Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended.

A correction was needed...

Winston thought for a moment, then pulled the speakwrite towards him and began dictating in Big Brother's familiar style: a style at once military and pedantic...
"(orwell 1984)


AP: BAGDAD,Iraq ~(June 17th 2005~ 2 hours later) - "American Troops bombarded a dusty border town with airstrikes..."

Better, much better.

"As soon as Winston had dealt with each of the messages, he clipped his speakwritten corrections to the appropriate copy of The Times and pushed them into the pneumatic tube. Then, with a movement which was as nearly as possible unconscious, he crumpled up the original message and any notes that he himself had made, and dropped them into the memory hole to be devoured by the flames." (orwell 1984)

See Robert Brown's A Work in Progress for detail and screen shots of this real life AP Orwellian memory correction.

Thanx to Wider Perspective for the pointer.
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