The fears of many critics of Donald Trump were realized on January 22nd, when Kellyanne Conway, Advisor of Donald Trump showed how dangerous the outcome of the election in the US could become. In an interview where she was confronted with the fact, that the press secretary spread lies about the number of people that followed the swear-in ceremony Donald Trump as the new president of the US, she used the euphemism “alternative facts” to describe the untruths given to the press. Continue reading “A democracy as untruthful as its published facts – A comment on Kellyanne Conway’s alternative facts”
Here you can have another look on the slides of my presentation about the background of “1984”, a short biography of George Orwell/Eric Arthur Blair, the political situation and happenings in the world at the time when just that inspired George Orwell to write “1984”. To download the slides just klick on this link: 1984-background
In one of our next lessons we will talk about “Newspeak” and “thoughtcrime” in Orwell’s 1984 (see also the assignment for chapter V). This video might provide us with some additional input for our discussion.
Please check out also the blogroll on the right bottom side of this blog. There you’ll find several links to interesting newspaper articles. The Washington Post article by Aaron Blake refers to the video and gives some additional insight. Soon, we’ll also talk about how to write a comment (see the respective page on this website: writing – comment) and your next homework will be to write and publish a comment, e.g. on the above mentioned article and/or video.
It’s time for you to start publishing!!! 🙂