Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sunday Space

The whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought. In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible because there will be no words in which to express it... Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller.

-George Orwell (1903-1950), Nineteen Eighty-Four, 1.5, 1949


Complacent Panda said...

That's what the smart politicians do. They'll make something sound so simple that anyone who tries to point out the flaws will sound like an idiot. Taking away nuance kills arguments.

For instance, are copyrights/patents exactly the same as physical property? Some politicians would have you believe that there is no distinction between the two. Of course, if you believe that you're going to find yourself limited to what you can and cannot modify or develop, even if you give the original innovator adequate time to market their creation. Copyrights are already up to 80+ years in length. Try touching Mickey Mouse and you'll get a fucking pound of legal documents and ten lawyers shoved up your ass.


Dinosaur Trader said...


Try touching Mickey Mouse...

I've been thinking for years about how all the national chains, especially the book retailers, are more or less controlling what becomes popular.