Sales of Orwell's 1984 Skyrocket After Kellyanne Conway's "Alternative Facts" Claim

I don’t know what to think about this one, part of me is happy that people are finally getting around to reading the classics. Another part of me wonders if this was just so they understood all the jokes being made on the internet. The comparisons between “newspeak” and “wrong think” have been around for years. But after Kellyanne Conway made her now infamous “alternative facts” comment sales of the dystopian classic, 1984 by George Orwell have gone through the roof.


The Hollywood Reporter has the details:

Orwell’s classic dystopian tale of a society in which facts are distorted and suppressed in a cloud of “newspeak” was in the top 5 on as of midday Tuesday. The sales bump comes after the administration’s assertions that Trump’s inaugural had record attendance and Trump’s unfounded allegation that millions of illegal votes were cast against him last fall.

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway coined an instant catchphrase Sunday when she called Trump’s claims about crowd size “alternative facts,” bringing comparisons by some on social media to 1984. Orwell’s book has long been standard classroom reading.

Perhaps they really are worried that we’ll all be shipped off to re-education camps.


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