Useless fact of the day

Useless fact of the day

Postby quickiewle » Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:53 pm

When i recently read " Animal Farm" I noticed that Orwell dropped in a mention of the recently defunct tabloid " News Of The World ", and recall hearing that he mentioned it elsewhere in his work. He must have been a fan.
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Re: Useless fact of the day

Postby English Nick » Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:55 am

The News of the World had a reputation as a scandal sheet even in an era when most newspapers were far more sober and objective than nowadays.
“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.” - Noam Chomsky
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