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George Orwell as Essayist: The Democratic Socialist Who Never Sought a Safe Space

George Orwell's essays -- so urgently relevant in these times -- convey the political and social views he would later express in his fiction.

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Christopher Hitchens' Posthumous Anthology, 'And Yet...', and Yet There Is More

Why reprint what's already available, as done here, if a bounty of miscellanea is still uncollected?

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The Political Allegory in 'White God' Has Quite the Bite

White God ferociously tells a universal story about the ties that bind us, and the forces that try to tear them apart.

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Ecologizing the Political: Scapegoating, the Naturalistic Metaphor, and Propaganda

Metaphors reliant on "phobias" and "plagues" pass the buck to future generations, as if we have no control over our situations, when we in fact do.

Viktor Lund
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The Power of Language and Fear in 'Doctor Who'

Language as we know it, is human. The Dalek's limited vocabulary suggests that they were once exposed to human language or were once human. The Dalek's world is limited by its primary purposes to kill enemies and achieve world domination.

Liam Bishop
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TV’s Most Memorable Commercials

This year is the 70th anniversary of the first TV commercial, so we cast our glance back at the some of the most memorable ads of all time.

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Curse Ye, George Orwell!

Orwell declared that there are “four great motives” for writing: sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose. As for the rest of us...

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Love Your Big Brother: What Orwell's '1984' Tells Us About 2009

George Orwell's seminal work, 1984, can equip its readers with the intellectual apparatus necessary to see through the routine mendacity and stupefying barrage of euphemism that plagues contemporary political life.

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George Orwell: Forgiving and Championing Bad Art

Orwell's essays remind us that better than our best intentions is our inescapable nature, our shared ordinariness, which will always have the potential to redeem us all if only we will embrace it.

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It’s All Part of Der Process

Of course, it scarcely suffices to look at what we’ve wrought at Guantánamo and abroad and call it Orwellian or Kafkaesque.

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Me, Myself & BBCi: Who's Watching Whom

Collaboration, in this sense, is never having to decide who we really are, allowing us to escape all responsibilities; it means we never have to take a decision for ourselves whilst condemning those that make the decisions for us.

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Me, Myself & BBCi: Who's Watching Whom

The extensive use of mirrors in the Big Brother house behind which many of the cameras are hidden means that when the contestants hear the voice of authority, it is their own reflexion that they see back.

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The Golden Rule #4

Musings on the Ethics of Contemporary Journalism

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