Monday, January 21, 2019

Orwell on Facecrime

I'm really embarrassed that I don't remember this at all from 1984:
It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself -- anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offence. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called. 
And with this, the Orwellification of the progressive left is complete.
[I don't know who first remembered this from Orwell, and don't have a link.]


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