By: Jackie Jura
~ an independent researcher monitoring local, national and international events ~
Party ownership of the print media
made it easy to manipulate public opinion,
and the film and radio carried the process further.
16. Ministry Of Truth (Lies)
The Ministry of Truth, Winston’s place of work, contained, it was said, three thousand rooms above ground level, and corresponding ramifications below.
The Ministsry of Truth concerned itself with Lies. Party ownership of the print media made it easy to manipulate public opinion, and the film and radio carried the process further.
The primary job of the Ministry of Truth was to supply the citizens of Oceania with newspapers, films, textbooks, telescreen programmes, plays, novels – with every conceivable kind of information, instruction, or entertainment, from a statue to a slogan, from a lyric poem to a biological treatise, and from a child’s spelling-book to a Newspeak dictionary.
Winston worked in the RECORDS DEPARTMENT (a single branch of the Ministry of Truth) editing and writing for The Times. He dictated into a machine called a speakwrite. Winston would receive articles or news-items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, in Newspeak, rectify. If, for example, the Ministry of Plenty forecast a surplus, and in reality the result was grossly less, Winston’s job was to change previous versions so the old version would agree with the new one. This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound-tracks, cartoons, photographs – to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance.
When his day’s work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles. He dialed ‘back numbers’ on the telescreen and called for the appropriate issues of The Times, which slid out of the pneumatic tube after only a few minutes’ delay. The messages he had received referred to articles or news-items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to rectify.
In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages; to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and on the side wall, within easy reach of Winston’s arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.
As soon as Winston had dealt with each of the messages, he clipped his speakwritten corrections to the appropriate copy of The Times and pushed them into the pneumatic tube. Then, with a movement which was as nearly as possible unconsicious, he crumpled up the original message and any notes that he himself had made, and dropped them into the memory hole to be devoured by the flames.
What happened in the unseen labyrinth to which the tubes led, he did not know in detail, but he did know in general terms. As soon as all the corrections which happened to be necessary in any particular number of The Times had been assembled and collated, that number would be reprinted, the original copy destroyed, and the corrected copy placed on the files in its stead.
In the cubicle next to him the little woman with sandy hair toiled day in day out, simply at tracking down and deleting from the Press the names of people who had been vaporized and were therefore considered never to have existed. And this hall, with its fifty workers or thereabouts, was only one-sub-section, a single cell, as it were, in the huge complexity of the Records Department. Beyond, above, below, were other swarms of workers engaged in an unimaginable multitude of jobs.
There were huge printing-shops and their sub editors, their typography experts, and their elaborately equipped studios for the faking of photographs. There was the tele-programmes section with its engineers, its producers and its teams of actors specially chosen for their skill in imitating voices; clerks whose job was simply to draw up lists of books and periodicals which were due for recall; vast repositories where the corrected documents were stored; and the hidden furnaces where the original copies were destroyed.
And somewhere or other, quite anonymous, there were the directing brains who co-ordinated the whole effort and laid down the lines of policy which made it necessary that this fragment of the past should be preserved, that one falsified, and the other rubbed out of existence.
YOU ARE BEING BRAINWASHED (reader sends essay on psycho-seductive efforts of the networks)
Reader looking for JFK game (about lone-gunman theory). Go to JFK REALITY NOT A GAME & Abraham was the name of the man who filmed Kennedy’s murder in the Lincoln & LINCOLN-JFK COINCIDENCES & JFK ASSASSINATION PUZZLE
Austria arrests British Holocaust denier (said Auschwitz gas chambers a hoax; Jews died from typhus not gas) & David Irving an acclaimed historian (accused of anti-semitism for saying Jews are enemies of free speech). CBC/BBC, Nov 23, 2005. Go to ORWELL ON ANTI-SEMITISM & ANTI-SEMITISM IN BRITAIN
House OKs switch to digital TV (mandatory by 2009). MediaWatch, Oct 28, 2005
Harry Potter turns to the Dark Side. Fox News, Jul 15, 2005 & ‘Why I hate Harry Potter’ (for people whose interests are soaps, reality TV & celebrity gossip). BBC, Jul 15, 2005. Go to DEVIL NICKNAMED “OLD HARRY”
Reader continues with analysis of: 1984 RADIO OMISSIONS – 2. Apr 25, 2005
New UK party named “Truth” (by Member of the European Parliament). The Times, Feb 2, 2005. Go to READER WINS ORWELL TODAY AWARD
Chess legend Fischer may become Icelander (most of 9-member Parliament Committee in favour of granting citizenship). Scotsman, Jan 28, 2005 & Bobby Fischer seeks Icelandic citizenship (Jap gov’t illegally imprisoning him on “false & ludicrous grounds” & health worsening since arrest). NewYorkTimes, Jan 28, 2005. Go to BOBBY FISCHER IN R00M 202
Reader believes JFK injected drugs (because 99% of the biographies, historians and History Channel say so)
Is “genocide credit’ used up? (aid to Rwanda slipping away). Globe & Mail, Jan 24, 2005. Go to ABANDONING RWANDA & MAKING MOVIES
“Western propaganda minimizes President Kagame’s role in stopping the genocide”, says reader from Rwanda, Dec 7, 2004
VISITORS FROM CHANGPING (delegation from Communist China tours hospital-pulp mill-water plant etc). Daily News, Nov 25, 2004
KILLING JFK FOR FUN (video game of Kennedy assassination – an educational “docu-game” to help disprove conspiracy theories). Globe & Mail, Nov 22, 2004. Go to 28.Reality Control & 17.Falsification of Past
Remake of Manchurian Candidate coming (Sinatra’s daughter Nancy produces). National Post, Jul 21, 2004. Go to 25.Prolefeed & THE MANIRAQIAN CANDIDATE
Zimbabwe media loses its voice (it’s propaganda fiction writing, a weapon in hands of ruling party). BBC, Jul 2, 2004
MOON DOC HOAX ON HOAX (CBC documentary a spoof to discredit conspiracy theorists?). May 26, 2004. Go to 17.Falsification of Past
ORWELL DESCRIBED INTERNET (in draft manuscript of “1984” but edited it out in final draft). May, 6, 2004
Asian population surging across America (politically aware but haven’t done extra hurdle of running for office). My Way, May 1, 2004. Go to BYE, BYE AMERICAN PIE
GULLIVER DISCOVERS HISTORY FALSIFIED (world misled by prostitute writers). Apr 24, 2004. Go to 17.Falsification of Past & 16.Ministry of Truth (Lies)
GULLIVER DESCRIBES ARTIFICIAL LEARNING (most ignorant person may write books). Apr 24, 2004. Go to 18.Newspeak
ENGINEERED FAMINE IN ZIMBABWE (never food shortages in 120-years & plight not reaching media). Telegraph, Apr 18, 2004. Go to 9.Keeping Masses Down & TAKE NOT OUR DAILY BREAD & FOOD CONTROL & SOVIET UNION FAMINE EXPOSURE
ORWELL’S VOICE & BLUE EYES (wish there was a recording of Orwell’s BBC broadcasts). Go to 17.Falsificatin of Past & 20.Thought Police. Mar 28, 2004
Deaf signs politically incorrect (hook nose, limp wrist, slant eyes for Jew, gay, Chinese no more). Sydney Herald, Mar 25, 2004. Go to 18.Newspeak & 27.Goodthink
CBC website bans ‘Jew-Israel-Palestine’ (allows ‘Nazi-frog-masturbation-dyke-redneck-anti-Americanism-Arab-Christian-Hindu). National Post, Mar 12, 2004. Go to 27.Goodthink & 18.Newspeak & ZIONISM IN AMERICA
Real victims of sleep deprivation (Reality TV show ‘Shattered’ uses torture as light entertainment). BBC, Jan 11, 2004. Go to BEYOND ORWELL
Be happy, Mugabe tells starving (gov’t tv/radio propaganda campaign full of music, football & sex). Guardian, Dec 13, 2003. Go to 25.Prolefeed & 11.Ministry of Plenty (Starvation)
Queen tours fake Nigerian market (built by BBC studio producers). Telegraph, Dec 5, 2003. Go to 17.Falsification & 28.Reality Control
New York Times spun Stalin’s lies (Moscow correspondent lived good life while over 20 million in USSR starved & died as slaves in Gulag). National Post, Nov 26, 2003. Go to 17.Falsification of Past & ORWELL’S PUBLISHING PROBLEMS & WARTIME MINISTRY OF INFORMATION
Dark Side of the Moon documentary: MOON PHOTOS WERE A HOAX (‘but we DID go to the moon’ say Kissinger-Rumsfield-Haig-Helms). CBC Passionate Eye, Nov 17, 2003. Go to 28.Reality Control & 17.Falsifying Past & WHAT’S A CONSPIRACY THEORY?
ABC News reconstructs Kennedy assassination (computer backs up Warren Commission saying Lee Harvey Oswald lone gunman). SanFranChron, Nov 9, 2003. Go to 17.Falsification of Past & 1JFK/RFK ASSASSINATION DETAILS & GARRISON JFK MURDER TRIAL
Man arrested at Windsor Castle (gatecrashes Prince William’s party & grabs microphone from hand). CanoeNews, Jun 22, 2003. Go to THE PRINCE’S PARTY
Colin Powell’s son (heads FCC regulatory agency creating Ministry of Truth). Intervention, Jun 17, 2003. Go to 10.The Rulers
Will big media choke the net? (own the cable & the content; the means & the message). PC World, Jun 14, 2003. Go to 25.Prolefeed
Possible-probable-suspect SARS (in 96-yr-old surgical patient who got it WHO-knows-how). National Post, May 30, 2003. Go to HEALTH CRUSADERS: ACT II
McCartney serenades Putin (says he’s really nice guy). CNN, May 25, 2003. Go to 35.Brotherhood & MOSCOW MUSIC
AN ORWELLIAN PURGE (control of all citizens’ reading material, actions & thoughts). Baltimore Sun, May 2, 2003. Go to 17.Falsification of Past
Newspaper doctored Iraq photo (faked on Photoshop programme). Indy Media, Apr 17, 2003. Go to 17.Falsification & 28.Reality Control
WNV now acute flaccid paralysis (attacks healthy middle-aged). National Post, Apr 15, 2003. Go to 17.Falsification & WEST NILE STORY
Oscar night in Hollywood (proud of being for peace). Guardian, Mar 24, 2003. Go to WHITE MEN BURDENED
Canada’s manufactured pop star (being used to torture Iraqis, like Nancy Sinatra at Waco). National Post, Mar 22, 2003. Go to 36.Hateweek Volunteerism
Hollywood to stage war briefings (myth-making will look real). Globe & Mail, Mar 12, 2003
Music royalties hit everyone (even recorded background music). Ottawa Citizen, Feb 10, 2003
Risk of internet collapse rising (key net cables are concentrated in hands of fewer organizations). BBC, Jan 25, 2003
“Made In USA” a phony prop (hiding “Made In China” boxes). ABC News, Jan 23, 2003
Tollbooths on digital highway (media able to control culture). PBS, Jan 21, 2003
Europe shutting-down websites (for hate-speech & copyright). Yahoo!Reuters, Dec 11, 2002. Go to 21.Crimestop
Boeing film shows attack on Muslims (War On Terror is War On Islam). Telegraph, Dec 2, 2002. Go to 12.Minipax
Russia’s secret police on trial (Estonia first in speaking for Stalin’s 60-million victims). Telegraph, Nov 26, 2002. Go to 17.Falsification of Past & COMMUNIST CRIMES EXPOSED & ORWELL’S PUBLISHING PROBLEMS
Geography lessons ‘brainwash’ students (teachers action wing of Greenpeace – communist ideology controls history too). Telegraph, Nov 24, 2002. Go to LENIN BEHIND ENVIRONMENTALISTS
“War without death” says Pentagon (mask reality so voters won’t recoil). SanFranGate, Nov 18, 2002
Newly disclosed JFK medical file (according to an “historian” who “took notes” but no copies). NY Times, Nov 16, 2002. Go to THEY KEEP KILLING KENNEDY
Bookstores pull gun magazines (Chapters -Coles -SmithBooks -Indigo). Canada Press, Oct 31, 2002. Go to & GUN CONTROL
Google censoring web content (gov’t shutting politically incorrect but leaving hard-core porn). BBC News, Oct 28, 2002
Diana’s bulter denies theft charges (found her ‘alone & lost’ at Balmoral). Globe & Mail, Oct 15, 2002. Go to PEOPLES’ PRINCESS
Canada’s 15yr old Johnny Lindh (fights off USA Special Forces). National Post, Sep 21, 2002. Go to GUANTANAMERA now GUANTANAMA BAY
Al Qaeda produces 9-11 video (a superimposed Osama plots “Holy Tuesday”). New York Daily, Sep 10, 2002. Go to 28.Reality Control
Spielberg movie has Dept of “Precrime” (timed to recent FBI actions). Drudge Report, Jun 13, 2002. Go to 21.Crimestop
War posters plastered everywhere (warning Americans “not to talk”). National Post, Jun 6, 2002. Go to 27.Goodthink
Kremlin closes Russia’s only independent TV station (same as Soviet era gov’t control of airwaves). National Post, Jan 23, 2002
Canada’s media owned by Israel Asper (editorials assigned at corporate headquarters). Toronto Star, Dec 20, 2001
Proof or fake? World divided over Bin Laden tape. Reuters, Dec 14, 2001
Hollywood to fan the flame of war (cranking out propaganda in films & TV). Toronto Star, Dec 9, 2001
Beijing produces videos glorifying attacks on USA (graphics show America suffering future attacks). London Telegraph, Nov 5, 2001
Eerie timing for Anthrax the movie. Calgary Herald, Oct 10, 2001. Go to ANTHRAX THE MOVIE
More films altered, pulled, held back in wake of Sep 11 (Spielberg, Columbia Pictures, Jackie Chan, John Travolta, Warner Bros, Arnold Schwarzenegger etc). National Post, Sep 17, 2001
Terrorist McVeigh faces execution in 649 hours. Washington Times, April 19, 2001
Timothy McVeigh book and documentary. The Buffalo News, March 30, 2001
Freedom of the press questioned. The Globe and Mail, March 13, 2001.
Reality Television? Front Page Magazine.com, January 31, 2001
~ an independent researcher monitoring local, national and international events ~