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realclearworld

Please allow me to update the Newspeak dictionary

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From Merriam Websters:

Newspeak: "speech or writing that uses words in a way that changes their meaning especially to persuade people to think a certain way...propagandistic language marked by euphemism, circumlocution, and the inversion of customary meanings."

GOOGLE

When the Chief Executive of the multi-national corporation (Google) whose mission (mostly accomplished) is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful," uses the world "blockade" to define the U.S. relationship with Cuba you know its time to--not only update the newspeak dictionary--but to realize that Orwell was actually an optimist.

1 comment to Please allow me to update the Newspeak dictionary

  • Rayarena

    Nothing new here. Tragically, whenever anyone, whether it be a foreign dignitary, or top business man wants something from Cuba, it seems that denouncing the so-called "blockade" is a prerequisite. Even the "saintly" late Pope John Paul II succumbed to the extortion tactic and denounced the "blockade." Of course, its particularly disconcerting when someone with the power of the Chief Executive of Google [the most powerful search engine in the entire world with an unimaginable propaganda potential] plays along with the regime.