Orwell Tops Trump...
As AP reports, with "alternative facts" the latest catchphrase, George Orwell's "1984" is No. 1 on Amazon.com and the publisher has ordered an additional 75,000 copies.
Signet Classics told The Associated Press in a statement Wednesday that sales have been "remarkably robust" for a book that already is a classroom standard. The publisher noted that Orwell's Dystopian classic, in which language itself is held captive, tap into "the fears, anxieties, and even hopes" of readers.
The spike in popularity seemed to come in the wake of Kellyanne Conway defending Sean Spicer's falsehoods about Donald Trump's inauguration crowd size as "alternative facts." Many on social media compared the phrase to the "NewSpeak" employed in 1984.
This is not the first time the book sales have spiked in response to political events: it enjoyed a stint on best seller lists in 2013 after Edward Snowden leaked NSA documents, when many compared the agency to "Big Brother."
With the arrival of Trump, this Orwellian quote seemed most appropriate:
“Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
Wake up people.