Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I first noticed this at the Republican De-mention.

At the Republican Convention, I noticed dozens and dozens of people waving placards that read "Service." In today's New York Times there is a photograph of Palin walking down an aisle and people waving placards that read "Country First."

What's the Orwellian point here? Why one-word slogans that say nothing--or imply that the other guy doesn't believe in the words on those placards. (Remember, at the very same convention, Obama was derided for his community service.)

Orwell wrote that in the thought-policed future, the sheer number of words would be reduced--because many words lead to a nuanced complexity of thought. Control the supply of words, control a nation's ability to think.

That's all for now.

1 comment:

bob hoffman said...

Let's not forget "Change"