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Nothing but the truth: the legacy of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four

Every generation turns to it in times of political turmoil, and this extract from a new book about the novel examines its relevance in the age of fake news and TrumpRead other extracts from the book: • David Bowie’s Orwell: how Nineteen Eighty-Four shaped Diamond Dogs• ‘He typed in bed in his dressing gown’: how Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-FourDecember 1948. A man sits at a typewriter, in bed, on a remote island, fighting to complete the book that means more to him than any other. He is terribl...
Tags: Books, Technology, US, Culture, George Orwell, Washington Dc, David Bowie, Data and computer security, Orwell, Politics books, United States of America His press


Facebook co-founder says it’s time to break up the ‘powerful monopoly’: Watch the video

Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, says some nice things about Mark Zuckerberg in a lengthy new essay he’s written for the Sunday edition of The New York Times, which the paper has released online today along with a companion video (above). For instance, “Mark is a good, kind person.” But he also says that “Mark’s influence is staggering, far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government” and declares that the "government must hold Mark accountable.” How? Well, that’s ob...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Advertising, The New York Times, Times, Chris Hughes, Orwell, Zuckerberg, Mark, Hughes


Daily News Roundup: Know When to Fold ‘Em

The first reviews of the Samsung Galaxy Fold—the company’s $2000 folding phone—landed a few days ago. Yesterday, some of those same review units were already broken. Four journalists all experienced display failure after two days of use. Oh man. Dieter Bohn of The Verge,  Steve Kovach of CNBC, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, and tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) all experienced catastrophic display failure on their Fold review units. The interesting part is that the issue seems to manifest for d...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Crafts, Facebook, Samsung, Adidas, Bloomberg, Sprint, Wall Street Journal, Orwell, Mark Gurman, Cnbc, Engadget, Bohn, Dieter Bohn, Gurman


Facial recognition is almost perfectly accurate — here's why that could be a problem

The accuracy rate of facial recognition depends on the data its fed. With enough good data, the accuracy rate could be almost perfect. Facial recognition is already being implemented in US airports for security and efficiency. But there are concerns that the US government is creating a digital ID library of millions of Americans without consent.  The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement are also using facial recognition for security reasons. But without clear protections, it could be used as ...
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Salvador Dalí’s Illustrations for The Bible (1963)

Some might have taken offense when Salvador Dalí began illustrating the Bible in 1963. The notorious Surrealist “went to jail for his artworks as a young man,” writes Jackson Arn writes at Artsy, but he “lived long enough to lend his legendary panache to Hollywood movies and Alka-Seltzer commercials.” Along the way, he gained a reputation for having a rather vicious character. George Orwell, reviewing Dalí’s autobiography, described him as “disgusting” for his fanatical harassment and abuse of ...
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6 thoughtful and inspiring books for children and young readers

Allegories like Orwell's Animal Farm take complex ideas and turn them into an approachable tale. Aesop's Fables ancient insight is still relevant for any human growing up today. The Little Prince teaches children to view the world through a more wondrous lens of reality. The types of books we read in our adolescence can shape us forever. They can help us understand the world in more diverse ways and appreciate the complexities of life. Because of this, books makes these formative years more tha...
Tags: Books, Children, France, Russia, Development, Intelligence, Santiago, Innovation, Literature, Lewis Carroll, Prince, Richard Dawkins, Orwell, Alice, Carroll, Aesop


6 thoughtful and inspiring books for children

Allegories like Orwell's Animal Farm take complex ideas and turn them into an approachable tale. Aesop's Fables ancient insight is still relevant for any human growing up today. The Little Prince teaches children to view the world through a more wondrous lens of reality. The types of books we read in our adolescence can shape us forever. They can help us understand the world in more diverse ways and appreciate the complexities of life. Because of this, books makes these formative years more tha...
Tags: Books, Children, France, Russia, Development, Intelligence, Santiago, Innovation, Literature, Lewis Carroll, Prince, Richard Dawkins, Orwell, Alice, Carroll, Aesop


Ilhan Omar has become the target of a dangerous hate campaign

Fox News, New York Post and Donald Trump are contributing to a climate of vigilantism that threatens every Muslim in America today Omar’s detractors misrepresent her words, accusing her of saying things she didn’t say or condemning her for things that have been said before, even by Republicans themselves. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Here’s a question for you. Which American politician publicly referred to the terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks as “those folks who committ...
Tags: New York Post, New York, News, Minnesota, Congress, Saudi Arabia, White House, Israel, America, Los Angeles, West Virginia, United States, George Orwell, Muslim, Venezuela, Fox News


Edodoi.

From Lev Oborin’s FB post I learned about a delightful phenomenon, the spread via graffiti of the enigmatic word едодой [edodoi] across the streets of Krasnodar and then via social media throughout the Russian-speaking world, even turning up in the US scrawled next to a Trump Tower. There were plaintive tweets like “Так, а вы знаете, кто такой ЕДОДОЙ? Почему он везде пишет?” [So, do you know what this EDODOI is? Why is it written everywhere?] One person suggested it might be an ad for a pizza ...
Tags: Uncategorized, US, Linguistics, Krasnodar, Orwell, Gregory, ETO, Jonestown, Maria Vlasova, Prost Post, Valery Nugatov, Boris Bakhtin


Nicci Gerrard: ‘Dementia is more scary when you try not to think about it’

The Observer journalist on her father’s dementia, caring for campaigners, and facing her fears in her new book• Read an extract from What Dementia Teaches Us About LoveNicci Gerrard is a journalist and campaigner, who writes bestselling novels with her husband under the name Nicci French. She won the 2016 Orwell prize for exposing Britain’s social evils, for her reporting on the care of dementia patients in the UK.What compelled you to write this book?I didn’t want to write a memoir about my fat...
Tags: Health, Books, UK, Society, Mental Health, Culture, Britain, Dementia, Autobiography and memoir, John, Orwell, Nicci Gerrard, John Gerrard, Nicci, Mind And Body Books, LoveNicci Gerrard


Essay: What Do the Make-Believe Bureaucracies of Sci-Fi Novels Say About Us?

Writers of speculative fiction routinely invent rules and regulations as part of their novels’ worlds. These laws tell us more about our own politics than you might think.
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Books with talking animals as characters that are written for adults.

I went looking for this because, in the comments to a post about Meade saying he found Kirsten Gillibrand "rabbity," Bob Boyd said, "Meade's right and it occurs to me, if Gillibrand gets the nomination, Althouse may finally be forced to read 'Watership Down.'"I reacted, "When's the last time I read a book with animals for characters? I did contemplate rereading 'Animal Farm,' but that aside, unless I was reading with a child, I can't picture it happening.... And I mean talking animals that are t...
Tags: Books, Cats, Law, Animals, Moscow, Haruki Murakami, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kafka, Orwell, Meade, Nakata, Art Spiegelman, Gillibrand, Ann Althouse, Mikhail Bulgakov, Althouse


Books for adults with talking animals as characters.

I went looking for this because, in the comments to a post about Meade saying he found Kirsten Gillibrand "rabbity," Bob Boyd said, "Meade's right and it occurs to me, if Gillibrand gets the nomination, Althouse may finally be forced to read 'Watership Down.'"I reacted, "When's the last time I read a book with animals for characters? I did contemplate rereading 'Animal Farm,' but that aside, unless I was reading with a child, I can't picture it happening.... And I mean talking animals that are t...
Tags: Books, Cats, Law, Animals, Moscow, Haruki Murakami, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kafka, Orwell, Meade, Nakata, Art Spiegelman, Gillibrand, Ann Althouse, Mikhail Bulgakov, Althouse


What A Socialist Once Said About Gun Ownership

Opinion George Orwell ~ “That rifle hanging on the wall of the working class flat or labourer’s cottage is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.” Fayetteville, AR – -(AmmoLand.com)- The election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party has brought some genuine socialists into office, meaning that Bernie Sanders is no longer alone as a supporter of that political position on the congressional left. I see the assumption...
Tags: Amazon, Guns, America, Britain, George Orwell, Franco, Ridley Scott, Orwell, Sigmund Freud, Bernie Sanders, Stalin, Democratic Party, Ranjit Singh, Gun Rights News, Greg Camp Greg Camp, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez


How smart are Gmail’s ‘smart replies’?

When Seamas O’Reilly responded to all his emails for a week using only Smart Reply, our columnist’s messages suddenly became spookily jaunty. Did his friends spot the difference?The philosopher Jeremy Bentham was famed for his panopticon, a hypothetical circular prison that was designed in such a way that its inmates never knew whether or not they were being observed. This would, his theory went, encourage prisoners to presume they were always being watched, and thus act accordingly. No true ver...
Tags: Google, Technology, Gmail, Email, Life and style, Computing, Kafka, Orwell, Jeremy Bentham, Seamas O'Reilly


"Feed it the opening line of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four – 'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen'..."

"... and the system recognises the vaguely futuristic tone and the novelistic style, and continues with: 'I was in my car on my way to a new job in Seattle. I put the gas in, put the key in, and then I let it run. I just imagined what the day would be like. A hundred years from now. In 2045, I was a teacher in some school in a poor part of rural China. I started with Chinese history and history of science."From "New AI fake text generator may be too dangerous to release, say creators/The Elon Mu...
Tags: Elon Musk, Law, China, Computers, George Orwell, Seattle, Orwell, Ann Althouse


How Words Become Weapons, and Wimps

Language has been neutralized when it should state the obvious.
Tags: News, United States, Grammar, Howard Schultz, Cheney, Orwell, Dick, Trump, Peter, George, Buttigieg, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Language and Languages


Assault Speech and Hate Weapons- Media Spin that would make Orwell proud

More Truth Leaks Out About Gun Control U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- It is dangerous to let other people do our thinking for us. We seem certain we can define “hate speech”. We’re convinced that “assault weapons” are bad.  Both terms have been manipulated by politicians and the media to mean anything they want them to mean. We were sold such a twisted-logic of lies that it would be funny.. if it were not so dangerous. Elites with armed bodyguards tell us to give up our tools of self-defense. We’re...
Tags: Hollywood, Guns, Alyssa Milano, Orwell, Nra, Watts, Wayne Lapierre, Milano, Ammoland, Gun Rights News, Rob Morse, Slow Facts, Assault Weapons, Shannon Watts, Polite Society Podcast Rob, Donald Trump Junior


Kamala Harris is "bluntly putting down markers on nuanced topics to help inoculate her from false critiques with answers that also illuminate how she views her own identity."

That's from Politico, "Why Kamala Harris is glad people are asking if she's black enough/The candidate is looking to head off a problem that dogged Barack Obama" by Christopher Cadelago.First, I don't believe that Politico knows that Harris is "glad." Also, I wouldn't use the word "dogged" with Barack Obama, given that he was dogged with the question of the literal eating of dogs.But what I want to do is count the metaphors in the quote I put in the title:1. bluntly — The adjective leads us to t...
Tags: Writing, Law, Politico, Barack Obama, Metaphor, George Orwell, Language, Orwell, Kamala Harris, Damon Runyon, Shirley Temple, Don, HARRIS, William Safire, Runyon, Safire


George Orwell’s Essay “British Cookery” is Officially Published 70 Years After It Was Rejected by the British Council (1946)

Image by BBC, via Wikimedia Commons Voltaire once joked that Britain had “a hundred religions and only one sauce.” In my experience, that sauce is a curry, which was already a British staple in Voltaire’s time. No doubt he had something much blander in mind. Of course, it’s all hyperbolic fun until someone takes offense, as did George Orwell in 1946, when he wrote, against Voltairean stereotypes, about the misunderstood pleasures of British food. His essay, “British Cookery," was commissioned b...
Tags: Google, Politics, College, Bbc, Britain, Daily Mail, George Orwell, Food & Drink, Yorkshire, Literature, Council, New York Public Library, Orwell, Facebook Twitter, Voltaire, Josh Jones


The Art of Line Editing.

Nick Ripatrazone describes the fine art of line editing for LitHub (but are those editor’s changes rather than Orwell’s in the image of the MS for 1984?): Anyone in the business knows books are not solo acts. Toni Morrison, who was also edited by [Robert] Gottlieb, said she never wrote “with Bob in mind; that would be very bad for me. He isn’t the ideal reader for the product, but he is the ideal editor for it.” Line editors are not readers in the public sense; they are private practitioners, wh...
Tags: Uncategorized, Linguistics, Bob, Toni Morrison, Orwell, Erskine, Gottlieb, Heller, Witte, St Martin 's Press, Nick Ripatrazone, LSB- Robert -RSB- Gottlieb, George Witte, Ellison Gottlieb


Orwell gets apology for English food essay

The British Council publishes the author's essay on English food, saying it is now making amends.
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Orwell gets apology for British food essay

The British Council publishes the author's essay on English food, saying it is now making amends.
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Can we overcome the psychosis in our society and come to "really see?"

Tim Folger writes in the forward to The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018 about the corruption of speech in our national conversations facilitated by cable news and social media. Mr. Folger points out that this corruption was foretold by George Orwell in his novel 1984 when he coined the term "Newspeak." This idea of the creation of propaganizing memes is at the heart of what is being called in the Trumpian age, "fake news.""Early in 2017, for some strange reason, George Orwell’s Nin...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Department Of Defense, George Orwell, Infertility, Orwell, Oceania, Marianne Williamson, David G Markham, Folger, Tim Folger, Ministry of Peace Oceania, Kean Sam


Pioneering Sci-Fi Author William Gibson Predicts in 1997 How the Internet Will Change Our World

"What's the one thing that all great works of science fiction have in common?" asks a 1997 episode of The Net, the BBC's television series about the possibilities of this much-talked-about new thing called the internet. "They all tried to see into the future, and they all got it wrong. Orwell's 1984, Huxley's Brave New World, Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: all, to some extent or other, wrong. And there's another name to add to this list: William Gibson." But then on strolls Gibson himself, fre...
Tags: Google, Books, Technology, College, Bbc, Literature, Clarke, Sci Fi, William Gibson, Mark Twain, Seoul, Orwell, Soviet Union, Facebook Twitter, Gibson, London Times


Call to Action: Stand For the Students of Covington Catholic High School

FaceCrime USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Calling all Oath Keepers, all three Percenters, all patriots, all Americans who believe children shouldn’t be threatened with death for going to school or for attending a school field trip to D.C. – it is time to stand up to the terroristic insanity of the far left. It’s time to stand for the rights of free speech, assembly, and association and to stand against terrorism, by standing for the students of Covington Catholic High School, and standing up for their...
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Noam Chomsky: Writer, linguist... anarchist?

Anarchism is usually connected to violence and chaos, but as a philosophy, its tenets are more nuanced than mere destruction for destruction's sake.It may surprise some to find out that Noam Chomsky, famous for his innovations in linguistics and philosophy, describes himself as an anarchist.Whether you agree with him or not, understanding anarchism can lead to a better understanding of our society and its politics. None What comes to mind when we think of an anarchist? Most likely, it's some pun...
Tags: Activism, Government, Economics, Society, George Orwell, Capitalism, Innovation, Inequality, Consumerism, Orwell, Churchill, Noam Chomsky, Chomsky, U S Defense Department, Mohandas Gandhi


What is socialism? Here's how 10 brilliant thinkers define it.

Like many ideologies, socialism can be many things to different people.These ten quotes show what it means to ten different thinkers, including Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill. While they leave the question of what socialism is unsettled, they do offer us great insights.Socialism is one of those words that has been used so many times to describe so many different ideologies that it has lost all meaning. That doesn't stop people from trying to describe it though. Here, we have ten quotes ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Democracy, Russia, Economics, Catalonia, Poverty, United States, Capitalism, Innovation, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Ussr, Inequality, Labour Party, King


10 incredible books from Jordan Peterson's 'Great Books' list

Peterson's Great Books list features classics by Orwell, Jung, Huxley, and Dostoevsky. Categories include literature, neuroscience, religion, and systems analysis. Having recently left Patreon for "freedom of speech" reasons, Peterson is taking direct donations through Paypal (and Bitcoin).We like to know what informed thinkers we respect, to better understand what shaped their worldview. On his website, Jordan Peterson offers his Great Books list, granting insight into the turning of his own mi...
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