Do you remember Orwell's book 1984? Among its many concepts were the terms "Doublethink", which is defined here:
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. The Party intellectual knows in which direction his memories must be altered; he therefore knows that he is playing tricks with reality; but by the exercise of doublethink he also satisfies himself that reality is not violated. The process has to be conscious, or it would not be carried out with sufficient precision, but it also has to be unconscious, or it would bring with it a feeling of falsity and hence of guilt.
and "Newspeak", in which language concepts changed to allow government control of how people think. For example, the word "free" lost all meanings except in the sense of "no longer having"--for example, a dog can be free of fleas, or a garden free of weeds, but the concept of "free" no longer was used for thought or intellect. The concepts of "Doublethink" and "Newspeak" were designed to shape how the public perceived their world and events to shape their views.
After the book was published, someone combined those words to invent a new one, "Doublespeak", which means ambiguous language or euphemisms, meant to deceive or confuse. I think that DOMA is a perfect example of "Doublespeak" because the Defense of Marriage Act does not defend marriage, but was designed to exclude certain members of our society from partaking in it and enjoying the benefits of marriage.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree that DOMA is a misrepresentation of what it claims to be? Do you agree that it is Doublespeak?
*for those who are interested, I copied the definition of "Doublethink" and paraphrased the concept of "Newspeak" from this website.Answer Question
Answer by janet116 at 5:29 PM on Apr. 18, 2011
Answer by minnesotanice at 6:35 PM on Apr. 18, 2011
Answer by lytate95 at 6:44 PM on Apr. 18, 2011
Answer by jesse123456 at 7:00 PM on Apr. 18, 2011
Answer by sherriet at 2:22 AM on Apr. 19, 2011
I totally agree!
Answer by older at 9:13 AM on Apr. 19, 2011