by Ben Bartee
The Daily Bell
Actually, as Winston well knew, it was only four years since Oceania had been at war with Eastasia and in alliance with Eurasia. But that was merely a piece of furtive knowledge which he happened to possess because his memory was not satisfactorily under control. Officially the change of partners had never happened.
Oceania was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia. The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible.
– George Orwell, 1984
[…] The smoothness with which the corporate media redirects its viewers’ base emotional response — emanating from the deepest reptilian caverns of the medulla oblongata, the “lizard brain” — is… uncanny, other-worldly, jaw-dropping.