Comment on the interview of Kellyanne Conway

Yesterday I heared Kellyanne Conway’s interview. She sayed plus-sincerewise than usual that Spicer’s statement about Trump’s swearing-in ceremony is not a lie but an alternative fact.

After reading these lines you are probably asking yourself what is going on or went wrong with me. Well, you probably think that I am stupid but perhaps these lines predict the English language of the future.

Two month ago Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President, began to create new words to transform a serious lie, which was a provable falsehood at the same time, into a harmless “Alternative Fact”. Did she only want to save the president’s image? Or is it the beginning of something bigger? This concept of creating new words displays striking parallels to the “Newspeak” concept from the novel “1984”. The government, or members of it, eliminates words with bad connotations by creating new summarizing and simplifying words. This effected that there are less varied and lass adverse words in the future so that everyone’s opinion and possibility to think autonomous would be restricted. In my opinion there is a strong probability that the Trump-administration wants to choose a similar way.


Characterization of Winston Smith

In the novel “1984”, written by Gorge Orwell in 1949, the character Winston Smith plays an important role. He is part of a dystopian world and a member of the party. But he is critical about the system and is well aware of being watched every time.

In the following I will analyse the protagonist Winston Smith.

Winston Smith is a 39 years old man (p.3, l.17) who lives in Oceania, in London, a city of Airstrip One and works for the Ministry of Thruth (in Newspeak Minitrue) (p.5, l.14-15; l.30) He has blond hair. His face is naturally sanguine and his skin roughened. He has a swollen ulcer above his right ankle on his leg and that’s why he always goes slowly. Additional he has a frail figure (p.3, l.17-19; p.4, l. 4-8). To Winston the world seems to be unloving and grey. “[…] there seemed to be no colour in anything […]” (p.4, l.12-13). “[…] the world looked cold […]” (p.4, l.9-10). That he is well aware of being watched every time is shown by the fact, that he always faces the telescreen (device for monitoring) with a smile to hide that he is a rebel and have a critical opinion of Big Brother and the system (p.6, l.31-33). In the further development of the same chapter it turns out that Winston is fearless and brave. Or that he is just sceptical and naive because Winston starts to write a diary. (p.9, l.6; p.20, l.24-28) He ignore that writing a diary is forbidden in Oceania by the reason of the fact that the government don’t want the people to have their own opinions or even memories about the past. This is caused by the constantly changing facts to manipulate and control the folk.