Orwellian
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What "Orwellian" really means - Noah Tavlin, 5:31, TED Ed[1]

"Orwellian" is an adjective describing a situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free and open society. It denotes an attitude and a brutal policy of draconian control by propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, denial of truth, and manipulation of the past, including the "unperson"--a person whose past existence is expunged from the public record and memory, practised by modern repressive governments. Often, this includes the circumstances depicted in his novels, particularly Nineteen Eighty-Four[2] but political double-speak is criticized throughout his work, such as in Politics and the English Language.[3]

Nineteen Eighty-Four uses themes from life in the Soviet Union and wartime life in Great Britain as sources for many of its motifs.[4][5]

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References

  1. ^ "What "Orwellian" really means - Noah Tavlin". TED Ed. Retrieved 2015. 
  2. ^ Drabble, Margaret (2000). The Oxford Companion to English Literature (Sixth ed.). Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. p. 726. ISBN 0-19-861453-5. 
  3. ^ Traub, James (January 5, 2016). "The Empty Threat of 'Boots on the Ground'". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Orwell, George (1949). Nineteen Eighty-four, A Novel. New York: Harcourt, Brace. OCLC 366581. 
  5. ^ Tzouliadis, Tim (2008). The Forsaken. New York: Penguin Press. pp. 48-49. ISBN 978-1-59420-168-4. 

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