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  Orwellian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Orwellian describes a situation, idea, or condition that George Orwell identified as being inimical to the welfare of a free-society.
Orwellian is also used to describe oppressive political ideas, and the use of euphemistic language in political discourse to camouflage morally outrageous ideas and actions.
In this latter sense, the term is often used as a means of attacking an opponent in political debate, by branding his or her policies as Orwellian.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Orwellian   (554 words)

 If It's 'Orwellian,' It's Probably Not - Orwell Centenary Article - Charles' George Orwell Links
That was an appealing notion to an age that had learned to be suspicious of ideologies, and critics on all sides have found it useful to cite "Politics and the English Language" in condemning the equivocations of their opponents.
Critics on the left hear Orwellian resonances in phrase like "weapons of mass protection," for nonlethal arms, or in names like the Patriot Act or the Homeland Security Department's Operation Liberty Shield, which authorizes indefinite detention of asylum-seekers from certain nations.
And just about everyone discerned an Orwellian note in the name of the Pentagon's Total Information Awareness project, which was aimed at mining a vast centralized database of personal information for patterns that might reveal terrorist activities.
www.netcharles.com /orwell/articles/col-iforw.htm   (1038 words)

 Orwellian: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Orwellian describes a situation, EHandler: no quick summary.
Nineteen eighty-four (often 1984) is a novel written by george orwell about the struggle against an all-powerful totalitarian state....
(an orwellian abuse of language would be refusing to identify something as sexist merely because sexist has a negative connotation, EHandler: no quick summary.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/o/or/orwellian.htm   (871 words)

 Nineteen Eighty-Four - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The term "Orwellian" has come to describe actions or organizations that are thought to be reminiscent of the society depicted in the novel.
The adjective "Orwellian" is often used to describe any real world scenario reminiscent of the novel.
In their album Suffer, The song "Part II (The Numbers Game)" makes references to the book, with lines such as "Big Brother schemes to rule the nation" and "The government observes with their own electric eye".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four   (11950 words)

 George Orwell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For example a conservative may claim to be the victim of 'politically-correct thought police', but would be less likely to describe the KGB as 'thought police', even though they may believe that the KGB in fact engaged in more severe repression of opinion.
The adjective Orwellian is mainly derived from the system depicted in Nineteen Eighty-Four.
It can refer to any form of government oppression, but it is particularly used to refer to euphemistic and misleading language originating from government bodies with a political purpose, for example "Ministry of Defence", "collateral damage" and "pacification".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/George_Orwell   (3419 words)

 Mary Louise -- The New Freedom: Old Orwellian Doublethink
Behind the Bushonian slogan, "The New Freedom", is a very scary agenda, that exemplifies Orwellian doublethink and should rightfully be called "The New Slavery" instead, as it goes well beyond mandatory mental health screening and disguises the implementation of full-blown tyranny.
Oldthink is Orwellian for holding on to old ideas and patterns not consistent with current government policy, and maintaining a belief that is no longer acceptable, but previously considered normal.
Orwellian logic is evident in the names given to acts, programs, and initiatives such as the New Freedom Initiative, Patriot Act, Homeland Security, etc. The USA Patriot Act is very misleading, and does not even remotely resemble true patriotism.
www.newswithviews.com /guest_opinion/guest32.htm   (3074 words)

 Orwellian Twist on the Campaign
This cobbled-together collection of television "properties" is not a network but a media holding company that owns 62 of the most miserable excuses for broadcast outlets in the country.
But the only way to insure against an Orwellian future is to assure that, if Bush is defeated, one of the first priorities of a Kerry administration is the restoration of the rules and regulations that limit the growth of media monopolies.
Referring to the Orwellian twist Sinclair is attempting to put on the 2004 presidential election, Copps said, "This is an abuse of the public trust.
www.thenation.com /blogs/thebeat?bid=1&pid=1912   (1929 words)

 Thoughtcrime on campus? Call Students for an Orwellian Society — JSCMS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
The Students for an Orwellian Society believe that the war on terror has led to a sinister increase in surveillance.
With more than a score of chapters on college campuses around the country, Students for an Orwellian Society is creating a new breed of campus radical--satirists who camouflage liberal sentiment in fascist rhetoric.
To the Orwellians, when President Bush labeled Iraq part of the “axis of evil,” he drew tantalizingly close to a principle stated in Orwell’s novel: “The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible.”
jscms.jrn.columbia.edu /cns/2005-03-15/strickland-orwelliansociety   (979 words)

 Publishing 2.0 » Google Orwellian
[…] Take, for example, the Google Orwellian story on Publishing 2.0: It’s one thing for Google to tweak its algorithms to lower the search ranking of sites they perceive to be “gaming the system” (although even this is Big-Brotherish) — it’s quite another to summarily reduce a company’s page rank to zero.
Like anyone else who violates their guidelines, BMW is subject to the consequences.Take, for example, the Google Orwellian story on Publishing 2.0:It’s one thing for Google to tweak its algorithms to lower the search ranking of sites they perceive to be
Google Orwellian 11 hours ago Matthew M. Boedicker : Google Orwellian kellan : Publishing 2.0: Google should stop picking on pour BMW - The points about Google’s power at the center of the network are valid, but this idea that a major company like BMW should be
publishing2.com /2006/02/06/google-orwellian   (6040 words)

 The Orwellian Language of Big Government
A word or phrase is "Orwellian" when it is impenetrably obtuse or even oxymoronic.
As Representative Bernard Sanders (I-VT) stated, "when unions are strong, all working families benefit."[50] Such rhetoric flows from the discredited Marxist notion that there is a "working class" struggling against an idle and exploitative aristocracy and bourgeoisie.
Indeed, the repeated use of the term "working families" in reference to this limited group of workers is Orwellian because it ignores reality.
www.ntu.org /main/press.php?PressID=604&org_name=NTUF   (4458 words)

 The Bulldog Manifesto
And there is a profound reason for this Orwellian language-- Enriched Uranium weaponry is illegal under the terms and conditions of the Geneva Convention.
It is a violation of the Geneva Convention to leave harmful materials on a battlefield after the conflict has ceased.
Using Orwellian speak, however, the government gets to obfuscate the hidden reality of the mercenaries.
bulldogpolitics.blogspot.com /2005/08/orwellian-101.html   (1633 words)

 VDARE.com: War Against Christmas 2004 Competition [IX]: An Orwellian Christmas
But today, Christmas in America is far more likely to be Orwellian than Dickensian.
I was also reminded of Orwell when I was preparing for a recent talk to the Cleveland chapter of the Federalist Society on the legal aspects of the War Against Christmas.
A society that treats “Christmas” as a dirty word and assiduously tries to prevent school children from learning anything about it—especially the parts of Christmas that are beautiful or sublime —is unlikely to add to that beauty, or even pass along the beauty it received from earlier generations untouched by the War against Christmas.
www.vdare.com /piatak/041215_christmas.htm   (1766 words)

 Happy New Year: It's 1984
Lest it weaken our resolve, we are not to be allowed to understand the reasons underlying the horrifying crimes of September 11.
The defining speech of Bush's presidency points toward an Orwellian future of endless war, expedient lies, and ubiquitous social control.
But unlike 1984's doomed protagonist, we've still got plenty of space to maneuver and plenty of ways to resist.
www.commondreams.org /views01/0922-07.htm   (735 words)

 SOS: Students for an Orwellian Society
Operation TIPS, which, we promise, will help further an Orwellian society in ways that we at SOS cannot even begin to fathom.
SOS is pleased to present a special flyer about ROTC, the Reserve Officer Training Corps and a truly Orwellian organization.
However, while we of course have a complete list of schools available, we do not list them here until we are contacted with information of their existence.
www.studentsfororwell.org   (1393 words)

 Responsible Nanotechnology: Orwellian ideas from Wired News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
It's Orwellian to say that gagging someone is protecting them.
If Wired reflects--or guides--the future of technology development, their apparent embracing of Orwellian technologies and laws does not bode well.
A) Anyone who does anything but casual, safe surfing at a cyber-cafe is an idiot, because they should expect all computers there to be bugged as a matter of course.
crnano.typepad.com /crnblog/2005/09/orwellian_ideas.html   (774 words)

 Orwellian Doublethink In London
This is akin to another form of Orwellian doublethink - Crimestop: "The faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought.
It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction.
To see the words "stay vigilant" all over bus stops in London is completely Orwellian as some people fall deeper into an "ignorance is Strength" sleep.
infowars.net /Pages/Aug05/040805Doublethink.htm   (1881 words)

 Students For An Orwellian Society   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
The examples of how Orwellian our society has become are rather serious.
Yes, our society has become Orwellian, if by that you mean that it has become socialistic.
So that they could deceptively bash Bush during the election and stir up young people into thinking that the Iraq war was going to make reconsituting the draft necessary.
www.orthodoxchristianity.net /forum/index.php?topic=7264.msg94982   (1057 words)

 The Times, Nineteen Eighty-Four   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Once at the teller, there will be little need to present your ID. They already know who you are.
That somewhat Orwellian concept could become a reality at your local lending institution in the near future if the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology now being tested in Europe proves successful.
Unisys Global Visual Commerce is currently conducting the pilot program for an undisclosed multinational bank with a U.S. presence, according to its vice president, Peter Regen.
www.1984comic.com   (459 words)

 "Tort reform" and other Orwellian names | TPMCafe
We all know how brilliantly Orwellian this administration has been in naming its various efforts.
The issue of Orwellian policy reveals a few other issues:
Why do they have to use such Orwellian names for policies which are basically deregulation and privatization?
www.tpmcafe.com /story/2006/2/2/181942/5615   (2300 words)

 If It's 'Orwellian,' It's Probably Not
George Orwell, with his son in postwar London, was not Orwellian.
n George Orwell's centenary — he was born on June 25, 1903 — the most telling sign of his influence is the words he left us with: not just "thought police," "doublethink" and "unperson," but also "Orwellian" itself, the most widely used adjective derived from the name of a modern writer.
"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle" — not what you'd call an Orwellian sentiment, but very like the man.
www.nytimes.com /2003/06/22/weekinreview/22NUNB.html?ex=1371614400&en=cf5d71d6cfdca6f9&ei=5007&partner=USERLAND   (1154 words)

 Double-plus ungood - the birth of an Orwellian black shirt
Double-plus ungood - the birth of an Orwellian fl shirt
My local is The Famous George Orwell, and its pub sign is, believe it or not, a still from the cartoon adaptation of Animal Farm -- of pigs, serenely gazing upward.
Reading NTK and considering Oceania reminds me that I can never be certain of the true aims or rôle of O'Brien.
www.ee.surrey.ac.uk /Personal/L.Wood/double-plus-ungood   (214 words)

 Technorati Tag: orwellian   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
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 Britain: What A State - humour from the UK Department of Social Scrutiny
Democracy is under threat: even if you trust the current Government, this law will leave the door wide open for any successive government to do more or less what it likes, without any meaningful safeguards.
The issue of identity - or ID - cards has provoked a healthy national debate recently, largely concerning whether or not they will lead to some kind of Orwellian dictatorship.
The Government has no plans to delegate the running of home affairs to a pig, as in the Orwellian masterpiece, "Animal Farm" and the job will continue to be handled by the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, with the assistance of myself and my Cabinet colleague, the Minister of Truth and Other Information, Alan Bladder.
www.socialscrutiny.org /weblog.php?id=P230   (490 words)

 The Washington Note Archives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Paul Wolfowitz is the brilliant architect of neoconservative ascension in this administration, and that is a perspective on foreign policy decisions that I can't support.
Bolton at the UN and Wolfowitz at the World Bank certainly seems to be the topsy-turvy kind of up-is-downism that is so disturbing to people like me. I am happy to modify the term "Orwellian" but share with me where I am wrong on this and suggest a better adjective.
Sorry, I was being British when I said "Orwellian is not the word".
www.thewashingtonnote.com /archives/000382.html   (9624 words)

 jimshitz: The Orwellian Slant and the Other Sides of Bill Gates
Please be forewarned before taking the time to read this site or allowing children with questionable searching capabililities to probe into this site.
Have a look at the wonderful world of Bill Gates, whose best quotes are not only stupid, some of them are just downright weird and Orwellian:
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jimshitz.blogspot.com /2005/11/orwellian-slant-and-other-sides-of.html   (852 words)

 Extra Eye in the Classroom Strikes Conservative Group as 'Orwellian' -- 08/25/2003
They will find new surveillance video cameras in their classrooms - the latest trend allowing school administrators more ability to keep an eye on unruly kids.
But while one school official hailed the effectiveness of the cameras, a conservative group in Washington, D.C., criticized their use as "Orwellian."
The Biloxi, Miss., school district became one of the nation's first to use the cameras when they were installed in all public school classrooms last year.
www.cnsnews.com /ViewNation.asp?Page=\Nation\archive\200308\NAT20030825a.html   (1076 words)

 Davis OrwellSoc News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Check out the Orwellian delegation from Yolo County.
• The Davis Branch of Students for an Orwellian Society made it on AG TV, the university's campus news program.
Copyright © 2003-2004 by the Davis Students for an Orwellian Society Ministry of Truth.
orwell.wildninja.com /news.php   (1216 words)

 The Rutherford Institute - Commentary
An Orwellian Nightmare: Mandatory Mental Health Screening of Children
In embracing a major new health initiative, which is based on a report by the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, the American government has taken a giant step toward an Orwellian nightmare.
The commission has recommended mental health screening for all school-aged children, including those in preschool.
www.rutherford.org /articles_db/commentary.asp?record_id=304   (1003 words)

 Exhibit 5a | Creative Disobedience » Blog Archive » Orwellian
To a fault, each of these Bush appointed officials claimed that any attempt to help in New Orleans would have been a violation of state’s rights.
Michael Jackson, the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security said that having federally regulated evacuation standards would be “Orwellian.” In followup questions he said that other Federal regulations, such as the Clean Air Act was “heading down that road”, meaning towards a big brother type government.
This from an agency that has been spying on Americans and imprisoning them without charges for years.
www.exhibit5a.com /?p=1279   (369 words)

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