Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban
This quote is taken from a George Orwell essay about literary censorship in the U.K and was supposed to be the preface for Animal Farm, instead it was censored – and thus the work of art is completed. Earlier in the week on the BBC current affairs programme Newsnight – you may be aware of it – there was a segment dedicated to an interview with the radical thinker Noam Chomsky. Any time someone with radical ideas appears on the BBC – and it’s not so often – you are made acutely aware of what Orwell meant and it just so happens that our special guest himself has developed these ideas in great detail throughout his career.
In the documentary film ‘Manufacturing Consent’, Noam Chomsky points out how the need for concision in television news…
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