George Soros on "Newspeak" and the War on Terror

George Soros on "Newspeak" and the War on Terror

In this perceptive speech, George Soros looks at the ways the United States has both bought into and resisted aspects of George Orwell's iconic novel 1984. Starting with a tongue-in-cheek profile of Soros, culled from Fox News excerpts, Soros discusses the way Orwell's "newspeak" has saturated U.S. media to the detriment of truth. He also looks at how, in both instances, a never-ending war (such as the War on Terror) is used as a technique to control citizens. About George Soros George Soros is the chair of Soros Fund Management LLC, and is a leading philanthropist and author.
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There You Go Again: Orwell Comes to America
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In his classic essay “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell described political speech as consisting “largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness.” Six decades later, the tactics of disinformation and manipulation diagnosed by Orwell persist on the political battlefield, along with new propaganda techniques made possible by advances in scientific knowledge and modern technology.

"There You Go Again: Orwell Comes to America" which took place at the New York Public Library on November 7 2007, invited historians, linguists, cognitive experts, journalists, government officials, and political consultants to assess the current state of public discourse — and journalism’s response to it — one year before a hotly contested presidential election.


"What Orwell Didn't Know: Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics," an anthology featuring twenty prominent writers and thinkers, was released at the time of conference.


The three panels, Propaganda Then and Now: What Orwell Did and Didn't Know, Deceiving Images: The Science of Manipulation and Solutions: The Future Political Landscape, can be viewed here on the Link TV website.


Visit the event webpage at the New York Public Library

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There You Go Again: Orwell Comes to America
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