Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic, whose work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.
Here are a few quotes from George Orwell for your consideration:
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.George Orwell
The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.George Orwell
In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.George Orwell
In a time when social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube (owned by Alphabet) and many more can just retire or “end” any content they deem “offensive”, in regards to their rather complex “community guidelines”, George Orwell’s words resonate at a whole new level.
For Google, for instance, their war is against all flavors of “disinformation” which is anything not supported by Wikipedia or the “mainstream media”. That means theories which might be true will be labeled as “disinformation” as long as those two “authoritative” sources bring it
This is Google’s way of blocking public debate before it even starts.
And Google is joined by most, if not all, major technology giants in this push to find, bury and permanently obfuscate any content which you might find useful but that they labeled as “disinformation” (also referred to as “fake news”).
George Orwell would strongly denounce the kind of, well, Orwellian state of affaires we’re sliding into.
In fact, workers now pay for their own little slice of mind prison within a social construct system which isn’t designed to help them escape its control but rather to subjugate them to it.
Orwellian stuff. Right in our face, everyday, all day.
So here are ways to get familiar with George Orwell’s work, starting with his books, which you can download and read, for free.
- 1934 – Burmese Days
- 1935 – A Clergyman’s Daughter
- 1936 – Keep the Aspidistra Flying
- 1939 – Coming Up for Air
- 1945 – Animal Farm
- 1949 – Nineteen Eighty-Four
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