Monday, April 2, 2018

Big Everybody Is Watching

From American Consequences:
Orwell captures totalitarianism’s interference in every aspect of existence in the first sentence of his book: “…the clocks were striking thirteen.” Whenever “the authorities” start meddling with ancient and customary traditions, something is wrong. So it was when President Jimmy Carter tried to put America on the metric system. And so it is today with an ancient and customary tradition we used to have… that the President of the United States was someone you would welcome into your home.

1984 has a “Two Minutes Hate” where everyone has to stop what they’re doing and despise Emmanuel Goldstein, “Enemy of the People.” We voluntarily stop what we’re doing and spend much more than two minutes despising Donald Trump on MSNBC. Or, if that doesn’t suit us, we despise Nancy Pelosi for hours on Fox News. Winston Smith “set his features into the expression of quiet optimism which it was advisable to wear when facing the telescreen.” This is nothing compared to the expression of smug and idiotic blow-hard certainty which it is advisable to wear when facing the cameras on MSNBC and Fox. (Read more.)

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