Remembering Orwell's 'Revolutionary Act'

Sixty eight years ago, George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-four was published. Orwell describes his vision of a future where language is twisted to aid in oppression. He advocates the misuse of the English language and warns against the power words have to manipulate and lead the public to accept propaganda as reality. His terms ‘newspeak’ - “a language that is ambiguous and designed to conceal the true meaning of words for a purpose” whether political, social or economic, lives on with his legacy. After the 2017 presidential election, 1984 had reached the bestseller list. Observers had pulled similarities between the current political situation and that of Orwell’s dystopian world. He reminds us that “in a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” -- George Orwell