Why do the left police speech? Why are universities banning words?
“Do you know that Newspeak is the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year?’…
‘Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. Already, in the Eleventh Edition, we’re not far from that point. But the process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there’s no reason or excuse for committing thoughtcrime. It’s merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won’t be any need even for that. The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect. Newspeak is Ingsoc and Ingsoc is Newspeak,’ he added with a sort of mystical satisfaction. ‘Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?’
‘Except ——’ began Winston doubtfully, and he stopped.
It had been on the tip of his tongue to say ‘Except the proles,’ but he checked himself, not feeling fully certain that this remark was not in some way unorthodox. Syme, however, had divined what he was about to say.
‘The proles are not human beings,’ he said carelessly. ‘By 2050 — earlier, probably — all real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared. The whole literature of the past will have been destroyed. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron — they’ll exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something different, but actually changed into something contradictory of what they used to be. Even the literature of the Party will change. Even the slogans will change. How could you have a slogan like “freedom is slavery” when the concept of freedom has been abolished? The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking — not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.’ ” George Orwell, 1984, Chapter 5.
Orwell wrote it as a warning, not a how-to manual.
Already for many the classics will seem arcane and hard to follow because of their use of politically incorrect terms. Political correct word control is part of the attempt to cut us off from our own past. To make ideas that animated our ancestors unintelligible. It’s to create a vacant plot into which they can plant their politically correct drivel.
They have taken steps to accelerate the process. They passed a law in the US banning the sale of old books, allegedly due to the lead in the ink. The results were as desired:
I just came back from my local thrift store with tears in my eyes! I watched as boxes and boxes of children’s books were thrown into the garbage! Today was the deadline and I just can’t believe it! Every book they had on the shelves prior to 1985 was destroyed! I managed to grab a 1967 edition of “The Outsiders” from the top of the box, but so many!
Of course, they have to prevent the creation of new copy containing thought crime inducing words. Hence actions such as Cardiff Metropolitan University Banning All “Politically Incorrect” Words:
The University Bans Lecturers from Using any Sexist or Insensitive Words. The list of banned words is wider than you might think. Here are some examples: mankind, homosexual, housewife, manmade, and sportsmanship.
And please, try to avoid words like “mother” and “father” unless you can say “mother and father” together. Yes, the article states that.
Then there is the distorting of information flows:
The European Union has warned Facebook Inc. (FB), Twitter Inc. (TWTR), Alphabet Inc. subsidiary Google (GOOG), and Microsoft Inc. (MSFT) that they could face the prospect of hate speech laws, if they fail to clamp down on such speech on their platforms. The companies, which own or run social media platforms with member numbers that run into millions on the continent, had signed a code of conduct to take down instances of offensive and hate speech within 24 hours back in May. (See also: Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft Agree To Report Hate Speech To The EU).
According to a new report that quantifies their efforts, the tech behemoths still have some way to go. The report, which will be discussed by EU ministers this week, stated that the companies reviewed 40 percent of reported cases within the first 24 hours and 80 percent within 48 hours. Germany and France saw the highest rates that were “in excess” of 50 percent while only 4 percent and 11 percent of reported posts were removed in Italy and Austria respectively.
“If Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft want to convince me and the ministers that the non-legislative approach can work, they will have to act quickly and make a strong effort in the coming months,” Vera Jourova, EU’s justice commissioner, told FT in an interview. (See also: Facebook May Allow Third-Party Groups To Censor Content In China).
The distortion will be built into the system. They will claim it is not biased, simply the outcome of an algorithm:
Google has launched a new AI program called Perspective to detect “abusive” comments online in an effort to crack down on hate speech.
Publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Economist are testing the new software as a way of policing comments sections.
Twitter has long been known for “shadow banning” to stop the propagation of politically incorrect ideas:
I recently tweeted a link to my blog post that is unflattering to the proponents of climate science. I have 138,000 Twitter followers. My traffic from Twitter to my blog in a recent minute was only 14 people, while overall traffic from other sources was its usual robust self. For non-controversial topics, my Twitter-driven traffic for a tweet to my blog would be 200-300 per minute in the half-hour after a tweet. On this topic, it hovered between 10-14.
As many others have documented, Twitter throttles back the tweets of people who hold political views they don’t like.
Government and the private sector working hand in hand to deliberately control what we see, hear, think and say. What could possibly go wrong?
There are those working on technological ways around the control:
I’ve pointed out before that attempts at control of the Internet just result in flowing around the obstruction….
Looks like we’ve hit the exponential knee on p2p stuff…. From the link to their underlaying tech: https://webtorrent.io/faq
Who is using WebTorrent today?
WebTorrent is still pretty new, but it’s already being used in cool ways:
WebTorrent Desktop – Streaming torrent app. For Mac, Windows, and Linux. (source code)
Instant.io – Streaming file transfer over WebTorrent (source code)
GitTorrent – Decentralized GitHub using BitTorrent and Bitcoin (source code)
Lunik-Torrent – WebTorrent downloader and file manager. (source code)
BitChute – A decentralized video streaming social network
Planktos – Enables websites to serve their static content over BitTorrent (source code)
Note the large number of “source code” links and that it is all P2P. Looks like the era of Central Authority and Censorship just got kneecapped
Will they succeed and propagate widely and quickly enough to thwart the attempted impact on national elections, laws and cultures?
We know what will happen if they do not:
“”There will be no loyalty, except loyalty to the party, but always there will be the intoxication of power. Always at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever. The moral to be drawn from this dangerous nightmare situation is a simple one. Don’t let it happen. It depends on you.” ~ George Orwell”
Don’t let it happen.