1984 in 2018

On August 13, Anu Garg, the author of the daily email called “A.Word.A.Day,” began a week-long series comparing the statements from President Trump with sentences that appear in George Orwell’s 1984. I quote from his email:

“Words from 1984 that are now a part of the language . . . George Orwell predicted it. It’s just that his numbers were a little off. Instead of 1984, it happened some 30 years later (perhaps Orwell didn’t have access to a computer fast enough to precisely account for the retrograde motion of Jupiter).

“Anyway, compare:

“‘What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.’
(US President, July 24, 2018)

“‘The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.’
(Orwell in 1984)

“In this new reality, real news is fake, faux (also spelled as Fox) news is real.”

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