1995-01-26 - Re: Doublespeak, Doublethink, Thought Police, and 1984

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From: chen@intuit.com (Mark Chen)
To: tcmay@netcom.com (Timothy C. May)
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UTC Datetime: 1995-01-26 00:10:31 UTC
Raw Date: Wed, 25 Jan 95 16:10:31 PST

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From: chen@intuit.com (Mark Chen)
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 95 16:10:31 PST
To: tcmay@netcom.com (Timothy C. May)
Subject: Re: Doublespeak, Doublethink, Thought Police, and 1984
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> I first read "1984" in around 1966, when I was in the 8th grade, and
> it has stuck with me ever since. No other novel has added as many
> basic linguistic and political ideas to the language as this novel--by
> yet another member of the Eric Conspiracy Secret Laboratories!
> Big Brother, Thought Police, thoughtcrime, doublespeak, doublethink,
> Big Brother is Watching You!, War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery,
> sexcrime, unperson, and probably several other terms I've left
> out. All are part of our language.
> Too bad people on both the left and the right are missing the lesson.
> Any Cypherpunk who hasn't read this novel should run out tonight to
> the All-Nite Barnes and Borders Megastore and buy a copy.

And while you're at it, you might want to take a look at Orwell's
classic essay, "Politics and the English Language."

Mark Chen 
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