George Orwell’s dystopian, 1949 novel, 1984 has rocketed to the top of Amazon’s best-sellers list after Donald Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway described apparent lies told by Whitehouse Press Secretary Sean Spicer as “alternative facts”.
Surge of interest in George Orwell's “1984.” Publisher tells me “we put through a 75,000 copy reprint this week” https://t.co/zFBzYUPE1Y— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 25, 2017
1984 is set in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and a language invented by the state to destroy independent thought or ‘thoughtcrime’. Since it was written almost seventy years ago, the novel has been credited with predicting, with uncomfortable accuracy, numerous political mechanisms particularly pertaining to propaganda.
When pressed by NBC’s Chuck Todd to explain why “the president asked the White House press secretary to come out in front of the podium, for the first time, and utter a falsehood”, Conway said that what the Press Secretary was offering were “alternative facts”.
Todd then had to clarify that “alternative facts are not facts, they are falsehoods”.