Post by Ron Hardin Post by Christopher A. Lee
It's thought control by language. When the words to describe a concept
don't exist, the concept no longer exists.
We need a word for this.
Orwellian newspeak. Which is actually two words.
From the appendix to 1984:
The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression
for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc,
but to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended
that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak
forgotten, a heretical thought - that is, a thought diverging from the
principles of Ingsoc - should be literally unthinkable, at least so
far as thought is dependent on words. Its vocabulary was so
constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every
meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express, while
excluding all other meanings and also the possibility of arriving at
them by indirect methods. This was done partly by the invention of new
words, but chiefly by eliminating undesirable words and by stripping
such words as remained of unorthodox meanings, and so far as possible
of all secondary meanings whatever. To give a single example. The word
free still existed in Newspeak, but it could only be used in such
statements as " This dog is free from lice " or " This field is free
from weeds ". It could not be used in its old sense of " politically
free " or " intellectually free " since political and intellectual
freedom no longer existed even as concepts, and were therefore of
necessity nameless. Quite apart from the suppression of definitely
heretical words, reduction of vocabulary was regarded as an end in
itself, and no word that could be dispensed with was allowed to
survive. Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range
of thought, and this purpose was indirectly assisted by cutting the
choice of words down to a minimum.