Sales Of Orwell’s Dystopian Classic Spike After KellyAnne Conway’s ‘Alternative Facts’ Comment (VIDEO)
During Sunday’s Meet The Press, KellyAnne Conway, “counselor” to President Donald Trump introduced a new phrase that almost instantaneously caused sales of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 to spike, The Guardian reports.
KellyAnne Conway spins falsehoods and facts
The phrase, which is now trending all over the place? “Alternative facts.”
Conway referred to claims made by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, whose claims, it turns out, are easily disproved. Spicer had incorrectly claimed that last week’s inauguration “attracted the largest audience ever.”
When Todd questioned her about Spicer’s remarks, she called them “alternative facts,” The Washington Post reports.
An incredulous look passed over Todd’s face and he responded:
“Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods.”
"Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods," Chuck Todd tells Pres. Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway this morning. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/Ao005dQ13r
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 22, 2017
And for many people, once they heard that, visions of Orwell’s book floated through their minds. Many drew comparisons between “alternative facts” and “newspeak” — a term used in the novel to signify a fictional language that was meant to eliminate personal thought. Some perhaps thought of the word “doublethink,” another term Orwell coined.
“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command,” and other quotes from the book likely resonated with readers.
The connection was first made by Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty on CNN’s Reliable Sources. “Alternative facts is a George Orwell phrase,” she noted.
And since then, Conway’s interview has been quite the topic on Twitter, even prompting Merriam Webster to chime in:
📈A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality. https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 22, 2017
Twitter users are having a field day with Conway right now.
If you play George Orwell's book "1984" backwards, it says
"Trump is President, Trump is President, Trump is President"
— Brad Reason (@BradReason) January 24, 2017
#IKnewWeWereDoomed when '1984' started sounding like a current events textbook.
— Za©k Gianino 🌐 (@ZackGianino) January 24, 2017
The Post reported that by early Wednesday morning,1984 topped Amazon’s best-seller list.
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“We put through a 75,000 copy reprint this week. That is a substantial reprint and larger than our typical reprint for ‘1984,’” a spokesman for Penguin Books told the Post.
NBC reports that sales of other books with similarly sinister messages were up as well — including Sinclair Lewis’ novel “It Can’t Happen Here,” about the election of a fascist president, which was at number 46. Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” was at 71.
And even here, Twitter users didn’t fail to connect the dots.
— Anthony England (@EbolaPhone) January 25, 2017
— Stephanie❄️Krutsick (@skrutsick) January 24, 2017
And Seth Myers couldn’t resist zinging Conway either:
“KellyAnne Conway is like someone trying to do a Jedi mind trick after only a week of Jedi training.”
1984 is a high school mainstay, and the fact that its sales are spiking this week speaks of the distrust many Americans feel with the rise of the Trump administration, and this is particularly fitting since the book is a story about an all-seeing and corrupt government. Its protagonist is Winston Smith, an average man living in a society that is compromised by a totalitarian government that distorts the truth, erases and destructs evidence of the past and controls all of its subjects. It’s the omniscient “Big Brother” in which the Ministry of Love is really the Ministry of Hate and virtually nothing is as it seems.
So it’s no wonder that the popularity of this most remarkable book is now off the charts.