People forget the main point about 1984 isn’t about mass surveillance, it’s about the manipulation of language for political purposes.
quite right. language is a sodding cheat-code to power and controlling language is henceforth a short-cut to power.
disarm an opponent by turning someone’s language against oneself. in sweden the right-wing has nicked basic keywords such as “solidarity”, “unity”, even “feminism” and “worker’s party”, leaving every word of the chants of the working class vacuous, as a tactic to disarm their opponent. every word becomes utterly useless and hollow.
no one will listen to your words of solidarity and unity between the working class when the ones making the profits of your labour are using your exact same words.
the theme of 1984, at least i reckon so, is not about a surveillance dictatorship, rather the many ways of controlling a vast population by any means necessary. as in this particularly linguistic case there are alot of focus on the manner of the monolithic newspeak. if the word “peace” just disappeared you’d probably call it “war or unwar” meaning you can’t even think of a life without war, nor would you even remember such concept as peace? if the negativism of a word disappears then so does the entire meaning of the word.
your dead families are nothing more than unpersons.
by calling the israeli genocide of palestinian civilians a conflict, by referring to every racist party across europe as simply being a wee bit critical regarding immigration, everything of importance becomes something you go “meh” about.
it’s a sodding konami-code of power. lest we forget it to be our most powerful way of defusing that precise way of power.
language is the lightest and still the heaviest weapon we have to launch at our enemies.