Archive for January, 2007

It does not seem like a prison until you try to break out

Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.

Rosa Luxemburg

Beyond Big Brother

Whenever people think of Orwell today they usually think also of security cameras and ‘Big Brother’. Orwell represents much more than that. He saw that language and writing can be perverted to deceive people rather than inform them. If we remember that single lesson then his legacy will remain secure.

Nick Bardsley (“Orwell is funny“)

Resist Futilism

There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.

Marshall McLuhan

Rat Race

People who reach the top of the tree are only those who haven’t got the qualifications to detain them at the bottom.

Peter Ustinov

Web 6.66

No machine can replace the human spark: spirit, compassion, love and understanding.

Louis V. Gerstner Jr. 

Obfuscation

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.

George Orwell (“Politics and the English Language“)

We and our Eurasian allies have always been at war with Eurasia.

Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative.

Kurt Vonnegut