Saturday, May 4, 2013

Orwell Rolls in his Grave

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New World Notes News
Vol. 6, Nos. 18-19 -- May 4, 2013

This fortnight in New World Notes, radio programs #270-271, May 7 & 14

Orwell Rolls in his Grave
(in Two Parts)

Why are these men smiling?

In brief

At the recent love fest at the new W. Bush Presidential "Library," the media and Obama too celebrated our most famous torturer and warmonger.

But this was just the straw that broke the camel's back. In the preceding weeks, the Administration had again allowed a giant media company (Comcast) to acquire 100% of another (NBC-Universal).

Then Obama announced that he will cut Social Security benefits to retirees, to reduce the budget deficit. Problem: Social Security is entirely separate from the federal budget. It has no connection to the deficit.

No matter. Wall Street and the corporate press praised Obama's "courage."

The incestuous relationship of "the one percent," the corporate-controlled media, and our prostitute government is getting pretty hard to miss.

Time to hear large parts of a fine documentary on the very subject, Orwell Rolls in his Grave (2006). Introductions and epilogue by K.D.

Update: Obama's new (May 2) choice for Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission--a prominent telecommunications industry lobbyist and venture capitalist--promises more of the same, and the public interest be damned. Details at the end of Part 2 (NWN #271).

Notes, credits, & links

Orwell Rolls in his Grave was produced by Robert Kane Pappas. It was adapted to radio by Lyn Gerry, of the Unwelcome Guests radio program. Her complete adaptation is available (as installment #416) at .

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Series overview:
Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for.

George Orwell (1940s).  It's not just that Big Brother is Watching You.  Worse still, Big Brother is controlling everything you know about current events and the past.

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