Monday, February 08, 2010

It's spinal reflex now.

Winston's heart sank. That was doublethink. He had a feeling of deadly helplessness. If he could have been certain that O'Brien was lying, it would not have seemed to matter. But it was perfectly possible that O'Brien had really forgotten the photograph. And if so, then already he would have forgotten his denial of remembering it, and forgotten the act of forgetting. How could one be sure that it was simple trickery? Perhaps that lunatic dislocation in the mind could really happen: that was the thought that defeated him.
I know that it's blatant argumentum ad MCMLXXXIV to go here, but after eight years of going after the previous Maximum Leader by describing him as a cunning, buffoonish, Machiavellian, moronic, imperious puppet of a loose cannon who was out of control and carefully steered by various éminences grise, there are some who can now engage in effortless doublethink even faster than their eyes can focus.

6 comments:

Mark said...

The zombie 'pocolypse is upon us, and no one is noticing...

Jim said...

Arguing ad Orwell is rhetorically honest. Too much of his predictive philosophy is now venemously real, slithering evilly through our gardens. Thoughtcrime, for instance, has been broadly written into criminal law.

To quote from 'LXXXIV is to accurately reflect the peril to which we continually prove we are not immune.

WV: tords, as, "We are heading tord the bad times of rule by total tords."

Joanna said...

"We are heading tord the bad times of rule by total tords."

I LOL'd.

Ken said...

The zombie 'pocolypse is upon us, and no one is noticing...

Yep. In the words of Thomas Covenant, "Bastard bit me."

Ed Foster said...

Dolchstoss (I don't know how to do the "B" looking German double ss thingy on my computer). Wow.

Dolchstoss Versetzen. Does he know who he's channeling with that one? I would imagine so, and I'm impressed. Dennis The Peasant just made my nightly "Must Read" list.

Clint said...

Their eyes can focus??

Well, at least something in their head can.