Remembering George Orwell
1903, June 25. - 1950, January 21.
Propaganda and Demotic Speech
Persuasion. Summer Quarter 1944. Vol.2. No.2.
Ed. John. M. Ryan
Creative Journals Ltd. London, UK.
Orwell attributes much of the political apathy of the public to the bookish
vocabulary and language used by Government departments, newspaper leaders
and political broadcasters.
and Demotic Speech
by George Orwell.
The bloodless jargon of Government spokesmen seems deliberately to avoid
clear, popular, everyday language. This remoteness from the average man's
vocabulary and understanding is equally characteristic of newspaper editorials,
political broadcasts, and left-wing manifestos. Little wonder the public
is unconcerned and apathetic about many of the vital political issues of the
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