Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Newspeak in Usage

The vlogger FeverIAm suggested in his very first video back in 2008 on his YouTube account that viewers needed to do 2 things.

  1. Think for themselves
  2. Get a Copy of George Orwell's 1984 and read the Appendix entry on "Newspeak"
He provided this info by way of 2 videos on his channel which I've embedded for you here:

Newspeak Video #1

Newspeak Video #2

Now that you have an idea of what Newspeak is as opposed to conventional English which would be considered Oldspeak I wanted to give a few examples of Newspeak in everyday usage.

  • Politburo: this a Russian committee that represents multiple Communist political parties and is arrived at by contracting the 2 words: Political Bureau. Also in use in Russia at one time or another is: Orgburo (Organizational Bureau) & Comintern (The Communist International)
  • Torture becomes Enhanced Interrogation thus eliminating the unsavory aspects of the original word. You can see this also with the term Collateral Damage which is a remod (threw a little Newspeak of my own in to give you some extra flavor) of Civilian Casualties. The revised version now eliminates the murderous connotations from the expression. Friendly Fire reeks of Newspeak as the sudden terrible instance of being killed by your own peers is suddenly an exchange between friends.
  • In the Tobacco Industry teens are referred to as starters in the language used internally
  • Some have claimed Political Correctness is a form of Newspeak but this is debated since others say PC is just a way of speaking politely.
  • You see Newspeak techniques in terms like: estate tax as opposed to death tax, pro-life and pro-choice which paints the opposition as being anti-life or anti-choice
  • Excessive use of Abbreviations in the form of Acronyms is seen as another Newspeak technique
  • The current usage of Communism is seen as a form of Newspeak in that is stripped of its origins to become synonymous with "evil" & bad" when taken in a Cold War context.
Please leave in the comments any words or techniques you know of in real life that could fall under the classification of Newspeak.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Who is Fever I Am?

FeverIAm aka Mike Radmann is a vlogger with an eye on world events. Two months ago he put his videos back to public on YouTube which resulted in them flooding his subscribers as if they were all new material. Didn't know that happened when You Tube restrictions changed. Fever is a great resource for keeping an abreast on the unfolding of our world's politics and economies. In the past year he has been relatively dormant as other things have taken his attention away.

In his very first video from 2008 he encourages his viewers to find their own truth. He is referring not only to what you will find on the internet but age old truths in the arena of free thought and free will. Fever warns that we have to increase our ability to think for ourselves and be wary of so-called authorities force feeding us what they want us to think. Another suggestion is to get yourself a copy of 1984 by George Orwell and begin by reading the Appendix focusing particular attention on learning about Newspeak and what it means. 

Here embedded below is the aforementioned video:


Friday, December 21, 2012

NRA Press Conference Generates Much Talk

Decided to run through some of the comments on the National Rifle Association's Facebook page post where they announced their press conference after a week of very little response subsequent to the horrific Sandy Hook massacre. Many of the early comments ranged from "hold the line" to "stay strong." Before the press conference several members threatened to revoke their memberships if they didn't hear what they wanted. As the speech from Wayne LaPierre got into full swing many commenters claimed they joined the NRA for life, including signing up family members for the holidays. 

I found the following comment interesting because it appears the commenter either forgot to add "don't" to his comment or doesn't know what condone means:

Support the NRA and your rights as a Gun Owner, the NRA has always condoned violence and they are horrified by the actions of a few. They support Gun Owners, not disturbed individuals that channel their aggression in a violent manner.

One mother demanded answers from the NRA, and she was treated to a steady stream of questioning what type of answers she was looking for. One commenter said that the NRA bears no responsibility for what people with guns do with their guns. This makes me wonder how can you ignore the fact that their policies allow these guns to get in the hands of these "irresponsible" individuals.

This comment made minutes before the start of the press conference wants examples of where "guns have saved lives" Interesting use of double speak here. Guns saving lives, as if the gun isn't what is actually taking the lives.

You better kick ass... detail where guns have SAVED lives. These sheep need it spelled out for them. Mass media has fed them sensationalist stories for so long, they wouldn't know reality if it rose up & bit them in the ... well, you know.

As the conference begins a protester interrupts the proceedings, and one commenter hopes he "gets his ass kicked." Another comment advises us he is:

I would say with 90% accuracy that he was a governmental implant.

Not sure I have ever heard the word "plant" shifted to "implant", but perhaps I am not hip to this new speak. Another commenter suggested they "hang" the protester. At least we have made it to the actual conference in comment land…

Another commenter marveled at the "composer" of the speaker:

Wow what composer the speaker showed! let the nut job show true liberal hatred towards those of us who remain calm.

I'm assuming they are trying to say composure and it is a predictive text thing, let us hope, because otherwise I would be looking for the conductor and orchestra.

Here we have an org by the name of Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners commenting:

Note that everything Wayne is saying is SPOT ON. Those who disagree will simply say he's "wrong" without articulating their beliefs. We cannot come to the table with unreasonable people who lack critical thinking skills.

This is an interesting POV because it is blaming their opposition preemptively for lacking critical thinking and the ability to hold reasonable positions.

As the violent video game position came out it seemed to rub some of the NRA's own supporters the wrong way. This appeared to be fracturing their own base. I wonder if this is a universal thing or just localized to today's FB commenters. One commenter supports self-deportation for the anti-gun commenters:

For those anti gun idiots posting on here.. Feel free to move to Mexico where guns are illegal and enjoy the safety I am sure you will feel there

In other comments I saw suggestions to head to China or Canada if one doesn't like the situation here in America. 

Here we have the support of placing blame on the media:


I find this comment interesting because it almost gives a myriad of corporations and institutions the sense that they are somehow a being. I wonder if the people that disagree with the NRA do this as well, begin seeing the organization in a personified manner. Here we find gun owner responsibility and keeping the guns away from children in fear they may be mentally ill as a possible solution:

and i also think all weapons should be in a locked box all time. and anyone with teen agers they can have no weapon within the home but belong to a gun club untill these teenagers are 25 yrs old. and can show there just not mental cases and or stupid

This surely doesn't come across as a very popular opinion when taking into account what we hear from the other commenters. As I go through this exercise I begin to see how the membership base of the NRA is very clear in their expectations and must make any semblance of a moderate response from their own hierarchy to this current Sandy Hook crisis difficult. Here is another comment from previously referenced org:

Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners: This is why you can't have a real discussion about this issue with liberal extremists; they are incapable of much more than the thoughtless, emotional response of "ban things", and holding signs.

Check this comment:

Video game bans are stupid. Either objects cause crime, (Guns, tv shows, video games), or people do.

There is this common expression that "guns don't kill people, people kill people." And now we are seeing this "video games (influence) people to kill people" subtext. This to me seems to fracture the argument coming from the pro-gun side of things. I think this is why it is rubbing so many of the NRA's own members. It puts them in a cake and eating it too position which weakens them. I'm interested in hearing what people think of this idea.

Once again we get what is clearly becoming a major talking point from them the following comment:

Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners: Note that nearly every detractor who is posting here is not explaining why they think "we're crazy" or the "NRA is wrong". They certainly have opinions...but getting them to articulate those opinions is impossible. They should stick to what they excel at in life...holding signs.

Agree or disagree you must give them credit for consistency as they punctuate the same point every 20 minutes or so. I realize this is a typo but I find the way they distort people's assertion quite entertaining, for instance:

the head of th IRA should run for president..ohh rahhh sir..I stand behind you.

Or this one:

And it is not all liberals that ate the enemy.

The comments go on endlessly and I have gleaned enough for now from this exercise.In summation I find people are going to believe what they believe and it is a long road to changing their minds. People also like to see things in a black and white landscape because gray areas are frightening to people. We as a species are most comfortable with certainty, and holding staunch positions becomes comforting to the great unknown. Name calling is a common technique when faced with people that disagree with you. The NRA is in a tough spot between satisfying their powerful interests and not completely pissing off a hurt American populous. 

This whole liberal media thing is particularly interesting to me because how can the media maintain such a liberal bias if it is run by conservative corporations? I always wonder how this could be possible. It seems like once something becomes a catch-phrase talking point it becomes much easier to throw it around like hand grenades rather than taking the time to build your own opinions devoid of sound bytes and parroting.

I'm very curious how others feel about what I am finding and asserting here in this post and welcome ALL of your comments.