Everything 'Orwellian', say idiots

25-09-13

THE misuse of the adjective ‘Orwellian’ is reaching ludicrous proportions, experts have warned.

Orwell would have thought speed cameras were good

Orwell would have thought speed cameras were good

Academics believe that people who have never read Nineteen Eighty-Four or Animal Farm are using the term to describe absolutely anything they don’t like.

English professor Julian Cook said: “The word ‘Orwellian’ refers to totalitarian control of the individual by the use of propaganda, surveillance and violence. It is nothing to do with having to put your recycling out.

“Similarly, speed cameras are not ‘Orwellian’. Winston Smith does not spend 1984 trying to weasel out of a £75 fine for doing seventy on the A30.

“Even CCTV isn’t really Orwellian, because merely being filmed in public does not result in you having a cage full of hungry rats put on your head.

“It’s also incorrect to use the term to describe anything loosely connected with the state. People may not like the licence fee, but I suspect having to cough up £145 to see Doctor Who is better than living in Stalin’s Russia.”

Professor Cook added that Orwell would not have seen ‘political correctness’ as Orwellian, and would probably not have considered the right to use words like ‘bird’ and ‘poof’ as a valuable freedom.

Office worker Tom Logan said: “Of course I know what Orwellian means. It’s all about science fiction films where the future isn’t very nice.

“It’s also to do with people monitoring everything you do, like when my girlfriend called me six times while I was in the pub with my mates. That was totally Orwellian.”

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