Sales of ‘1984’ spike after Kellyanne Conway’s ‘alternative facts’ blather

❝ On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, called easily disproved claims made by White House press secretary Sean Spicer “alternative facts.”

A bewildered Chuck Todd responded, “Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods.”

❝ While the phrase “alternative facts” reminded many of the terms “falsehoods,” “lies” and “untruths,” it reminded many others of George Orwell’s dystopian, politically charged novel “1984.”

❝ Not only were people inspired to tweet about that, they wanted to purchase a copy. By early Wednesday morning, the novel was the best-selling book on Amazon.com…

Sales of the novel also enjoyed a marked spike in 2013 — one edition experiencing a 10,000 percent jump in sales — following the leak of NSA documents.

❝ Many quotes from the book especially resonated with readers following Conway’s remarks.

“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command,” for example, reminded some of Spicer’s argument that Trump’s inauguration had record-breaking crowds, despite obvious evidence to the contrary…

❝ Perhaps the phrase “alternative facts” will soon have as much cultural currency as the terms Orwell penned more than a half-century ago, even though the former were said in earnest while Orwell’s were bitingly critical.

Maybe the mainstream media will even rise to brave clarity and describe Trump’s public statements as nothing more than bullshite.

8 thoughts on “Sales of ‘1984’ spike after Kellyanne Conway’s ‘alternative facts’ blather

  1. Nurse Nancy says:

    “Kellyanne Conway’s ‘opioid cabinet’ sidelines drug czar’s experts : In Trump’s White House, political appointees take control as the opioid epidemic rages.” https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/06/kellyanne-conway-opioid-drug-czar-325457 Rudy Giuliani’s 32-year-old son is among Kellyanne’s group working on the campaign Trump promised (but did not fund) when he declared a 90-day public health emergency over the opioid crisis in October. The opioid epidemic has cost the U.S. more than a trillion dollars since 2001, according to a new study, and may exceed another $500 billion over the next three years. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/02/13/585199746/cost-of-u-s-opioid-epidemic-since-2001-is-1-trillion-and-climbing
    It has been calculated that 59,000 to 65,000 Americans died of overdoses last year. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/6/15743986/opioid-epidemic-overdose-deaths-2016

  2. Absolute Immunity©️ says:

    On Wednesday, the House panel “will hold a hearing to examine the recommendation of the independent Office of Special Counsel (OSC) that President Trump remove Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway from federal service, as well as reports by OSC about Ms. Conway and other Trump Administration appointees,” the committee said in a memo.
    “The Committee also will hold a business meeting to consider a subpoena in the event that Ms. Conway does not appear,” the committee memo adds. https://docs.house.gov/meetings/GO/GO00/20190626/109728/HMKP-116-GO00-20190626-SD002.pdf
    University of New Mexico Gets Rare George Orwell Collection (AP 6/22/19) https://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2019-06-22/university-of-new-mexico-gets-rare-george-orwell-collection

  3. 13 o'clock says:

    “Doublethink Is Stronger Than Orwell Imagined : What 1984 means today.” By George Packer, a review of “The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell’s 1984” by Dorian Lynskey (The Atlantic, July 2019 Issue) https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/07/1984-george-orwell/590638/ “…Orwell never intended his novel to be a prediction, only a warning. And it’s as a warning that 1984 keeps finding new relevance. The week of Donald Trump’s inauguration, when the president’s adviser Kellyanne Conway justified his false crowd estimate by using the phrase alternative facts, the novel returned to the best-seller lists. A theatrical adaptation was rushed to Broadway. The vocabulary of Newspeak went viral. An authoritarian president who stood the term fake news on its head, who once said, “What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening,” has given 1984 a whole new life.”
    (June 26, 2019): The U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee voted on Wednesday to subpoena Kellyanne Conway for her testimony after she failed to show to a hearing at which a special counsel told the committee she should be fired from the White House for her “egregious, repeated, and very public violations” of federal ethics law. The White House blocked Ms. Conway, a counselor to the president, from testifying about allegations of repeated violations of a federal ethics law that prohibits government officials from engaging in political activities at work.

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