NewSpeak: 30 Years Later

1984-signet19811Remember Seeing that Book, 1984, as a Kid?
Remember thinking, “WOW! I’ll be in my twenties when that year comes!
We will Live to See This!”
Remember then thinking, “I will Live to See the Year 2000?”
Or with somewhat less confidence, “Maybe I’ll Live to see portable video phones — like Dick Tracy’s wristwatch!”

Remember when video security camera’s first appeared — they were plushuge Machines;
And People would quip, “Big Brother is Watching!”

Remember the Election a few weeks back when Republicans gained control of the House and the Senate?
…when three Senators currently under indictment were reelected to their seats?

1984_4Remember the Supreme Court gutting the Voting Rights Act last year under the logic that while Voter Fraud is a serious threat to the Nation, Racism is apparently completely a thing of the past?
We are all unprejudiced now, racismwise…
Remember that since BARACK OBAMA has been President, unemployment is down to 6% and the Economy has grown by 9%?
No one remembered that.

Remember where the Country was when GEORGE W. BUSH left Office, having taken us from its greatest surplus in History left by BILL CLINTON into it’s highest debt of All Time…
No one seemed to remember that.

1984_3Remember how Fantastical it seemed that what was called the MINISTRY OF PLENTY (Miniplenty) would keep the population in a state of constant economic hardship…
Or that the MINISTRY OF TRUTH (Minitrue) would be in charge of propaganda, altering history, culture and entertainment…
Or that the MINISTRY OF PEACE (Minipax) would actually be the Cabinet that planned Wars — our own WAR DEPARTMENT was retitled the “DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE” in 1949, around the same time we shifted to a Defense Economy…
Or that the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) would be the Government Agency responsible for destroying the Oceans, Polluting the Air, and Fracking…

In George Orwell’s 1984, “Newspeak” was the “Controlled Language,”
It was designed by The Party to limit freedom of thought
Disagreement was a “thoughtcrime.”
The goal was to eliminate “oldspeak” (or current English) by the year 2050.

How are we doing?

30 years since 1984,
Orwell’s fiction written some 66 years ago,
A few terms from the Dictionary of Newspeak tell the story:

1984cover2Un-” is a prefix used for negation, since there are no antonyms in Newspeak. (e.g.: warm becomes uncold).
Plus-” is an intensifier, in place of “more” or the suffix “-er.” (e.g.: great or better becomes plusgood.)
“-wise” – is a suffix which turns any word into an adverb. This allows the removal of repetitive words from the language (e.g.: completely and totally become fullwise.)

As plusdifficult to follow as this may have seemed at the time, the text messages on our unstupid phones reveal our use of language currentwise, as undifficult, and delivered speedwise. We are right on schedule, demisewise, for our 2050 Goal.

An unperson is a person who has been “vaporized”, i.e.: not only killed by the state, but effectively erased from existence — the concept that the person may have existed at one time and has disappeared cannot be expressed in Newspeak.

One browse internetwise shows plusclearwise that this is unpossible.
Informationwise, no one unexpands or unfrees our News…
Net Neutrality-wise, the Party of our newly elected Congress is poised to decide our fate.

Blackwhite – Accepting whatever the party tells you. Orwell describes it as “…loyal willingness to say black is white when party discipline demands this. It also means the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know black is white, and forget that one has ever believed the contrary.”

So when the Party unavoids gerrymandering, i.e.: Redistricting the proles’ electorates so as to vaporize the votes of people of color, college students and other unpersons likely to vote Democratic, we undeny that electoral districtswise, this is exactly as our Party forefathers intended them; and unremember SAUL ALINSKY’s Bus caravans to register all those African American Proles. We unact, unremembering that any of this was ever undiscriminatory. Blackwhite.

1984_5Hate week – The Week in which Oceanian citizens all attend rallies and parades to inflame hatred of Party enemies and heighten their efforts on behalf of Oceania.

Sounds plusnothing like GLENN BECK’s March on Washington — the so-called “Restoring Honor Rally” in which BECK unsat on the steps Lincoln-Memorial-wise, on the Anniversary of DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech, and loudwise plustouted that he would “reclaim the Civil Rights Movement’ because, as he put it, unignoring his overprivilegedwise unblack Republican Fan Base, “we were the ones who did it in the First Place” …unhiding SARAH PALIN starwise as Guest Speaker. Hate Week.

joycamp: forced labor camp

Minimum wage-wise, $7.25 per hour, or $14,500 per year — unresembles a forced Labor camp. New York City-wise, one can live pluspluswell on that.
The Military, for those with no unworse option, also unresembles that.
Who’s unfreeing you?
Nothing Forced here.

Junior Anti-sex League – This is the Organization which promotes celibacy, and the eradication of the orgasm, because these things cause feelings of ownlife.

The blackwhite so-called “Christian” Right unresemble this concept. Tea Party Republicans, paid tax-money-wise as Representatives, make no effort to unmantle freedom of choice; SARAH PALIN’s daughter BRISTOL, 18 years old and pregnantwise, unslothed workwise with THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT TEEN AND UNPLANNED PREGNANCY, and was named a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Ambassador for the Candie’s Foundation, workwise pluspluspaid over $262,000, or 12% of the Foundation’s Budget.

Oldthink – Plusholding on to old ideas and patterns of thought unconsistent with current government policy (Ingsoc). Maintaining a belief that is no longer acceptable, but was normal just a few years prior.


Physical Jerks – Morning Exercises.

prole – Proletarians. Members of the party viewed them as animals. They are not as rigidly observed as members of the party, and very few (if any) have telescreens in their home. Noteworthywise, approximately 85% of Oceania’s population is in this class.


Room 101 – The final punishment for thoughtcriminals in the Ministry of Love.
“The thing is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world….The worst thing in the world varies from individual to individual. It may be burial alive, or death by fire, or by drowning, or by impalement, or fifty other deaths….. “

Nothing at All like Abu Graib! Just ask Anyone who went through it! Authorized DONALD RUMSFELDwise, and plusdenied by GEORGE W. BUSH, the Torture Memos plusundoubtful to exist suggested that Humanitarian Laws, Geneva Conventionwise, unapply to American Interrogators overseas.
And unsimilar to Guantanamo Bay which, due to the plustortures that occurred there, was unhidden by Amnesty International as, “the Gulag of our times!”

speakwrite – Voice recognition machines.

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Telescreen – Two way television. There is only one channel, and the telescreen may not be turned off except by members of the Inner Party. All Party members are unfree to have one in every room of their apartment. Thus, the Party member is always unout of earshot of the latest Party propaganda, and not one secondwise are they not under the plussurveillance of the Party.

We have nothing like this — Skype… Facetime… the Internet… Unpresent in every Room of our apartments; and certainwise no one watches us without our consent.

two minute hate – Daily telescreen specials in which various elements of crimethink are paraded as horrible images and sounds, at which the viewers are expected to boo, hiss, curse, and release negative emotions

vaporized – Being executed by the state, and having all records of your existence erased. Becoming an unperson.


versificator – A writing machine. A mechanical device that produced “literature” and “music” for the masses. This was necessary so that a party member would not be forced to cloud their mind with such frivolous concepts. It produced rubbishy newspapers containing almost nothing except sport, crime and astrology, sensational five-cent novelettes, films oozing with sex, and sentimental songs.


Malreported – Facts from the Times, reportwise, which the government later deems untrue. Since the government is never “wrong”, the paper has to have reported the facts uncorrectwise. See malquoted below.
Malquoted: Flaws or presentations unaccuratewise by the Press of Party or Big Brother-related matters. See misprints below.
Misprints: Errors or mispredictions which are plusrequired to be unfactified in order to prove that the Party is always right. See malquoted above.

Now, 2014,
Sixty-Six Years since Orwell envisioned it,
1984 — Thirty Years Past,
When a Political Official out and out lies, after being caught, they dismiss it by saying “I was misspeaking,” or “I misspoke.”
We have retitled the Hungry as “Food Insecure”
And terrorism as “Workplace Violence”
Oil Companies tell us Crude Oil as a Resource is “Abundant”…

1984cover7GEORGE ORWELL… Writer.

The Party says,
“War is Peace.
Freedom is Slavery.
Ignorance is Strength.”

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  1. Well-observed, witty and spot on.

  2. Powerfully uncomfortable reading, Arnold. You’ve taken the pulse of the time and nailed it.


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