The oped is very close to what was reverberating in my brain while I sat through the conference presentations. It’s such a relief to see the word “Newspeak” in the oped that I felt compelled to leave a comment:
It occurred to me, sitting in the conference, that much of the propaganda was aimed at their own people–the very young communications professionals in the audience. The industry pays comm professionals twice what other industries pay and still the turnover is very high.
The below is from my notes but the part in parenthesis is my brain screaming so loudly that I actually wrote it in my notes. (The part not in parenthesis is on tape.)
***We can’t do that because we are responsible organizations. we can’t dress up in plush suits and make up lies because we are professionals. (this is 1984 $h*t) It’s planting messages. They take it to the individual level scaring us into totality, down to the county. ***
They say they can’t do exactly what they are doing. Newspeak.
We have only touched the surface of what is on those tapes.