These days, the word “Orwellian” is being thrown around everywhere because, sadly, it is more relevant than ever. That’s because some of the most oppressive elements found in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four are becoming reality right before our eyes.
The totalitarian state described in Nineteen Eighty-Four controls people through a number of mind-bending methods. One of them is Newspeak – a controlled language.
In the novel, the Party created Newspeak to meet the ideological requirements of English Socialism in Oceania. Newspeak is a controlled language of simplified grammar and restricted vocabulary designed to limit the individual’s ability to think and articulate “subversive” concepts such as personal identity, self-expression and free will. Such concepts are criminalized as thoughtcrime since they contradict the prevailing Ingsoc orthodoxy.
– Wikipedia, Nineteen Eighty-Four
To the elite, Nineteen Eighty-Four is not a cautionary tale, it is a blueprint. A real-life version of Newspeak has been created by elite