Monday, August 21, 2017

Culture War Underway




As an advocate of Smart Built Cultures it saddens me to see our country torn apart by warring factions on the right and the left operating under pretty dumb "cultures".

Two thoughts, best summarized by quotes from the great George Orwell - a classic liberal and man of the left in his day - that should give today's "liberals" pause as they seek to tear down statutes, re-name parks and generally attempt to erase and or rewrite history.

Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.

― George Orwell1984

In Nineteen Eighty-Four the memory hole is a small chute leading to a large incinerator used for censorship:[3][4]
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 in 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.[5]
Nineteen Eighty-Four's protagonist Winston Smith, who works in the Ministry of Truth, is routinely assigned the task of revising old newspaper articles in order to serve the propaganda interests of the government. For example, Smith may be called to retroactively change a statement about food rationing to reflect new policies.
Today's media busily tosses stories that fail to fit their narrative down the memory hole. Fortunately, the memory hole sprung a leak with the formation of the internet. Sure, China and Russia, along with other despotic regimes like Iran, North Korea and others, operate relatively effective "memory holes" and maintain some level of control over the chutes leading to the memory hole. But thanks to the internet people enjoy access to information, data and memes cast down the memory hole by the media, politicians, bureaucrats and other power grabbers. In other words, the memory hole has sprung a leak.



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