Orwell on Thinking

“Perhaps a man really dies when his brain stops, when he loses the power to take in a new idea.”
—George Orwell, 1939
“Yet such a man can be resuscitated.”
—Randy Cassingham, 2018

It’s Orwell Week (#3 of 3)

George Orwell was a pen name for Eric Arthur Blair (1903–1950), an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic best known for the novella Animal Farm (1945), and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949).

Obviously, the term “Orwellian” – descriptive of totalitarian or authoritarian social practices – refers to his writing. He himself coined “Big Brother”, “Thought Police”, “newspeak”, and “thoughtcrime” — terms we still use today …because we still need them.

Randy Cassingham is, of course, the “Randy” behind this site.


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Randy Cassingham is best known as the creator of This is True, the oldest entertainment feature on the Internet: it has been running weekly by email subscription since early 1994. It is social commentary using weird news as its vehicle so it’s fun to read. Click here for a subscribe form — basic subscriptions are free.

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