Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

In praise of plain language.

Byline: Money & Medicine WINTHROP QUIGLEY Of the Journal

It is gratifying to learn that Albuquerque Public Schools has George Orwell's novel "1984" on its list of books approved for high school classroom use. Reading it might help the kids understand some of the rhetorical wreckage that complicates health policy-making.

We remember "1984" as a horrifying depiction of totalitarianism and we forget its point: that we are only as smart as our language.

We remember Big Brother who was always watching, the omnipresent TV cameras and the helicopters that monitored every citizen's every move. We forget the most powerful tool of Orwell's Oceania was the official state language, Newspeak. …

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