Friday, April 22, 2005


Typing up a paper today I found out that the word "man-made" doesn't pass muster with the Microsoft Word style police.

At least in PC-land, "Ignore" is painless, easy and anonymous.

1 Comment:

Mike said...

You haven't a real appreciation of Newspeak, Mapmaster. :-(

Even when you write it you're still thinking in Oldspeak. I've read some of those pieces that you write for the blog occasionally. They're good enough, but they're translations.
In your heart you'd prefer to stick to Oldspeak, with all its vagueness and its useless shades of meaning. You don't grasp the beauty of the destruction of words. Do you know that Newspeak is the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year?

Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in
which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out
and forgotten. Already, in Word 2003, we're not far from that point. But the process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there's no reason or excuse for committing thoughtcrime. It's merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won't be any need even for that. The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect. Newspeak is Cancon and Cancon is Newspeak. ;-)

Has it ever occurred to you, Mapmaster, that by the year 2071, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?