Sunday, 17 December 2017

People will believe ... media ... blah blah blah ... Orwell et cetera

I encountered this on the interweb the other day, in an inconsequential discussion:




Now, I may be wrong (it happens) but I do not believe that is actually a quote from Orwell at all. He died before the term "the media" came into common use (and even if he did hear it being used in the modern sense, he would probably have regarded it was grave suspicion, being rather snooty where new-fangled language was concerned). I don't think I've ever encountered it in his essays or novels and running it through Google does not link it to any of his works.

It looks like one of those cases where someone has made up a phrase and - because no-one would listen to some clever phrase concocted by Billy Nobody - attribute it to some great source.

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