Progaganda Then And Now: What Orwell Did and Didn’t Know

Over at Live at the NYPL, videos of the NYPL’s conference on language, politics, and propaganda with Konstanty Gebert, Masha Gessen, Jack Miles and George Soros (Orville Schell moderates).

On the 60th anniversary of Orwell’s Politics and the English Language, George Orwell described political speech as consisting “largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness.” Some six decades later, many symptoms of manipulation and propaganda diagnosed by Orwell persist on the American political landscape, along with new disinformation techniques enabled by modern technology.

Part II, on the Science of Manipulation, features George Lakoff, Frank Luntz, and Drew Westen. Part III, on The Future Political Landscape, features Michael J. Copps, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Josh Marshall, and Alessandra Stanley.