Newspeak & Thoughtcrimes – Josh Lord

 Newspeak & ThoughtCrimes Video

 Newspeak not only eliminates “unnecessary” words, but it also promotes a narrowing of thought and, therefore, awareness.
The idea behind Newspeak is that, as language must become less expressive, the mind is more easily controlled.
Through his creation and explanation of Newspeak, Orwell warns the reader that a government that creates the language and mandates how it is used can control the minds of its citizens.

Thoughtcrimes are holding unspoken beliefs or doubts that oppose or question a ruling party.

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”


“How do we know that two and two make four?
Or that the force of gravity works?
Or that the past is unchangeable?
If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?”