What "Orwellian" really means - Noah Tavlin
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The word 'Orwellian' gets thrown around a lot by people who possess a murky idea of what it actually means. Jason Slotkin, for The Atlantic, explains why. The NCTE presents the Doublespeak Award each year to the person or group of people who manipulate language in the most sinister way. Here is a list of past winners. Anyone sound familiar?
In order to recognize when language is being manipulated, one has to be able to recognize who has power. Watch this TED-Ed lesson on reading power by Eric Liu. The late, great comedian George Carlin perfectly identified Orwellian manipulation of language in the term 'Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder', previously known as 'Shell Shock'. Are people afraid of words that speak the truth?
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