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I can only assume that these people have either not read it properly or not read it all and just retain the supposed headline of the book in their head.
The evil beauty of Ingsoc's regime was that they did not need to bother with 90% of the population. 'The Proles' could be left alone to do whatever they wanted, completely unmonitored. As long as they were plied with beer and porn then they might bitch about the government down the pub, but they will never do anything more about it.
This leaves Ingsoc a far more manageable dangerous 10% of the country who are the thinkers. 1984 wasn't pure domination or pure distraction. It was a cleverly targeted mix of both. But I will agree that of the two, the distraction is the more dangerous weapon. I would argue that Orwell held that same view.
In the book, Winston clearly says that the key to defeating Ingsoc is getting the Proles to rise up. But at the same time they are having to battle the disinformation and bar on free thinking (For them only). Fighting on two fronts under those conditions is almost impossible.
But we can keep it simple if it's easier: We are at war with distraction. We have always been at war with distraction.
they don't commit treason
along with the secret of always saying 'moo.'
Horned animals, bovine
they live in the sunshine
standing around on the grass that they chew
grazing in the fields, but not the house
greater milk production than a mouse
they are the Gummi Cows.
I completely agree. When people settled North America, Africa, or South America did they say, "oh you know what those are scared lands we will not disturb them." I say tough titty! If you want them, go get them yourselves, otherwise its fair game!
Never has a typo been so insightful.
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