Neo-Hippie Ramblings - I'm a Non-Conformist Just Like All My Friends: Sound Familiar?

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Sound Familiar?

    Sound vaguely familiar?

    If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say this or that even, it never happened—that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death.

    And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'

    Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct; nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary.

    - George Orwell, 1984

    The part that boggles my mind isn't that prior events are being spun for whatever purpose the White House might have in mind. That's just crafty statesmanship -- if you can pull it off. What shocks me is that the supposedly 'liberal' media allows it to happen, over and over. It's like watching a kitten being baited with a piece of string.

2 Old Comments:

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:08 AM  

Sorry, I don't feed the trolls.

By Blogger Rambler Joe Snitty, at 6:10 AM