Are we in the Midst of an Orwellian Moment?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Since learning about the National Security Agency’s data collection plan, we’ve heard the word “Orwellian” thrown around twitter, television, and the blogosphere.

But is the term “Orwellian” being over-used? Is it even being used correctly?

And Rebecca Rosen suggests that if there’s any author-inspired adjective we should be using now, it’s the word “Kafkaesque.” Rebecca is senior associate editor at The Atlantic.

Robert Colls is a professor of cultural history at De Montfort University and the author of the book, "George Orwell: English Rebel."


Darryl Campbell and Rebecca Rosen

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [3]

Tam from Brooklyn NY

Please, this national security leak reminds me of the brilliant "Enlightened," the HBO comedy series staring Laura Dern as a wacky corporate whistle-blower, written by and co-starring Mike White.

Jun. 12 2013 04:01 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I prefer to see the world as Twainish or Swiftian;they were both able to go from the sneer of contempt to the frivolous smile in a blink of a hairy eyeball.

Jun. 12 2013 10:12 AM
Sophia from Brooklyn

My novel title is "Mobucation: What The Government Learned From Organized Crime and How Much More Effective They Do It."

Jun. 12 2013 09:38 AM

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