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Blog: Newspeak: Disconnection - 2017-02-01

F376.png Newspeak: Disconnection February 1, 2017, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It

These are infamous slogans from 1984. George Orwell's classic has hit the bestseller lists again in recent weeks.

Orwell's dystopian society includes remarkable similarities to life inside the scientology bubble. It was one of the first books I read as I was waking up to the realities of life in the Sea Org. His 1984 bubble, like scientology, has a language of its own - Newspeak. It includes this:

Blackwhite, which denotes the Newspeak user's ability to believe that black is white, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. Yet has two contradictory connotations: (i) Applied to an opponent ("Impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts") and (ii) applied to a member of the Party ("A loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands"). Blackwhite is an example of the Party's doublethink, which re-writes the past.