You could compare Newspeak to Twitter.
It's the destruction of the language to make it very simple.
When you simplify the language
you simplify the thoughts that language can convey and express.
When you eliminate language you eliminate the thought process.
And the powers-that-be have figured that out.
140 characters is all you can do.
It's a very important component of 1984 -- Newspeak.
It's destroying words,
it's destroying language,
it's destroying the ability of people to communicate thoughts
because thought is crime -- thoughtcrime.
It's a crime to think.
TWITTER IS ORWELLIAN NEWSPEAK
"We're destroying words - scores of them, hundreds of them, every day.
We're cutting the language down to the bone.
In the final version of Newspeak there'll be nothing else.
The whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought.
In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible,
because there will be no words in which to express it.
Every year fewer and fewer words,
and the range of consciousness always a little smaller."
To Orwell Today,
Dear Jackie Jura,
I wonder if you've seen this You Tube of your radio interview with Patrick Timpone where you explain "Newspeak"?
watch WHAT IS TWITTER? (Jackie Jura explaining "1984" Newspeak), video created by Under The Radar Media, Aug 31, 2011
I'm sending it along in case you want to post it on the website.
Thanks for making it easy to understand,
Thanks "doubleplusmuch" for bringing that video to my attention because actually I hadn't yet seen it.
Transcribed above is my explanation of NEW-SPEAK from the interview, and below is Orwell's explanation of NEWSPEAK from "1984".
...It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and the Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought - that is, a thought diverging from the principles of Ingsoc - should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words...
We're destroying words - scores of them, hundreds of them, every day. We're cutting the language down to the bone. In the final version of Newspeak there'll be nothing else. It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. The great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well. It isn't only the synonyms; there are also the antonyms. After all what justification is there for a word which is simply the opposite of some other word? A word contains its opposite in itself. Take 'good', for instance. If you have a word like 'good', what need is there for a word like 'bad'? 'Ungood' will do just as well - better, because it's an exact opposite, which the other is not. Or again, if you want a stronger version of 'good', what sense is there in having a whole string of vague useless words like 'excellent' and 'splendid' and all the rest of them? 'Plusgood' covers the meaning; or 'doubleplusgood' if you want something stronger still. In the final version of Newspeak there'll be nothing else. The whole notion of goodness and badness will be covered by only six words - in reality, only one word....
"Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller....
By the year 2050 -- earlier probably -- all real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared. The whole literature of the past will have been destroyed. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron - they'll exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something different, but actually changed into something contradictory of what they used to be. Even the literature of The Party will change. Even the slogans will change. How could you have a slogan like "freedom is slavery" when the concept of freedom has been abolished? The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking - not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness....
... Whether he wrote DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER, or whether he refrained from writing it, made no difference. Whether he went on with the diary, or whether he refrained from writing it, made no difference. The Thought Police would get him just the same. He had committed - would still have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper - the essential crime that contained all others in itself, Thoughtcrime. For a moment he was seized by a kind of hysteria. He began writing in a hurried untidy scrawl: theyll shoot me I dont care theyll shoot me in the back of the neck I dont care down with big brother they always shoot you in the back of the neck I dont care down with big brother.... He was already dead, he reflected. The consequences of every act are included in the act itself. He wrote: Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death....
All the best,
Twitter knows when you sleep, and more, New York Times, Jun 8, 2012
Twitter knows when you nap. At least its engineers think they have a pretty good idea when you nap, because those are the few times when you’re not pouring your heart out in 140-character bursts. Peering into its fire hose of tweets from four big cities around the world, a pair of Twitter engineers, Manuel Rios and Jimmy Lin, have discovered that the Twitter users in Istanbul don’t sleep much in August — and why would they, considering how many people are strolling along Istiklal Avenue on summer evenings. The denizens of Sao Paulo, Brazil, seem to take an afternoon siesta – tweets sharply drop off in the period after lunch. New Yorkers tend to be as voluble on Twitter during the workday as they are during evenings. But that is not the case for the other three cities. The Japanese in Tokyo appear to be most disciplined about actually working during work hours – they tweet very little, relatively speaking, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Their sleeping hours also appear relatively unchanged over winter and summer. All this intelligence is potentially lucrative for a global communications business like Twitter. It can inform when to serve up advertisements on the site and potentially for what kinds of products. It also produces very cool graphs and charts. The data at the disposal of social media companies are, in principle, valuable to other organizations, from soda pop companies to politicians to police agencies that seek to understand human behavior. Location is one of the most useful pieces of information, especially for marketers that want to target their advertising dollars most efficiently. Facebook this week released a map that political advertisers would find useful in an election year. It matched its users political affiliations with their physical locations. The map went far beyond the red state versus blue state divide, with far more fine grained information about where Facebook users checked in in various parts of the country. California, predictably, had large swathes of Democratic blue, but with plenty of Republican red polka dots in in the Orange County and San Diego suburbs.
Maz says he created a video about Twitter from Jackie Jura radio interview with Patrick Timpone on One Radio Network
watch ORWELL TODAY LIBYA WATER VIDEO, Libya - Fact or Fiction, by Under the Radar Media
READER VIDEO ORWELL TODAY INTERVIEW (Maz explains that he put together images from Orwell Today articles over the soundtrack of Jackie Jura speaking about what's going on in Libya)
listen to JACKIE JURA RADIO INTERVIEW TALKING 1984, with Patrick Timpone, One Radio Network, Aug 18, 2011
1.Winston's Diary & 18.Newspeak & 20.Thought Police & Snitches & 21.Crimestop & 27.Goodthink
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