The term “Oldspeak” is derived from George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, which is the story of one man’s nightmare odyssey through a future world ruled by warring states and a power structure that controls not only information but individual thought and memory. Newspeak, the official language of Orwell’s future state, was designed to meet the ideological agenda of the government. That agenda was to sever humanity from its language (that is, Oldspeak) and thus its history and past. From there the government, by way of Newspeak, could control how people think and act. As Orwell explains:
This was done partly by the invention of new words, but chiefly by eliminating undesirable words and by stripping such words as remained of unorthodox meanings, and so far as possible of all secondary meanings whatever. To give a single example. The word free still existed in Newspeak, but it could only be used in such statements as “This dog is free from lice” or “This field is free from weeds.” It could not be used in its old sense of “politically free” or “intellectually free,” since political and intellectual freedom no longer existed even as concepts, and were therefore of necessity nameless.
The Site is basically a collection of news stories I’ve read and felt the need to re-post and comment on. Just another voice in the progressive leftie bloggoshpere, screaming into the monumental dumpster fire that is Industrial Civilization. Can’t be bothered with therapy, so this site is it. 🙂
For each article, Oldspeak is usually my commentary on the story that follows it below the authors’ byline, sometimes Oldspeak will include quotes from the author & or wise ones because I couldn’t have said it better myself. 😀
A non-corporate newsie, middling manque, peckish politico, morose misanthrope, with a wanderlust for world affairs and all things real, looking between the headlines for underreported, unsanitized information… With the occasional foray into random musings, & fun stuff! ENJOY!
The information posted on this blog is subject to inaccuracies (as is all under-reported information). Some of the information is either reposted research from various internet sources, circumstantial information, personal research & opinion, trustworthy here-say and obscure connections for which hard evidence will never be unearthed. On the other hand, some information is proven fact taken directly from original documents and other sources, reliable first hand accounts or conclusive and verifiable research. As always, quality of research is directly related to the investigative skill and integrity of the original researcher. Corrections and questions for clarification are always welcome. The writer of this blog does not guarantee that anything on this blog is true.