'1984' becomes best seller again with help from 'alternative facts'

'1984' becomes best seller again with help from 'alternative facts'

'1984' becomes best seller again with help from 'alternative facts'

It may not come as a surprise to those who have read the novel before, but George Orwell's 1984 have soared since Donald Trump became president of the United States last week.

The connection was initially made on CNN's Reliable Sources. As of Tuesday, the book was the sixth best-selling book on Amazon.

After White House press secretary Sean Spicer read a statement to the press corps, claiming that the crowd at Trump's inauguration was the largest ever, and other provably false facts, advisor Kellyanne Conway went on "Meet the Press" to defend the comments.

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"Alternative facts are not facts", Todd countered. "Alternative facts" is "a George Orwell phrase", Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty pointed out.

"This brings us to 1984 'doublethink, ' where war is really peace, where starvation is really plenty".

Google searches for the term "Orwellian" also spiked on Sunday.

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Conway's "alternative facts" bears eerie resemblance to the novel's terms "newspeak" and "doublethink", which articulated the fact that two contradictory beliefs can be held in one's mind at once... and you can accept them both.

That phrasing was reminiscent of Orwell's "Ministry of Truth", which, he wrote, concerns itself with "lies".

Political language ― and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists ― is created to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

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It's 2017, and "1984" is on the Amazon best sellers list.

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