George Orwell’s ‘1984’ Sells Like Crazy After Kellyanne Conway’s ‘Alternative Facts’ Statement
George Orwell’s infamous and depressing dystopian novel 1984, has begun selling like crazy after president Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, told Meet The Press that press secretary Sean Spicer’s blatant lie in front of the world weren’t lies at all, but rather, “alternative facts.”
In case it seems strange, let me remind my readers that Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, went on live TV the day after the inauguration and told the people that Trump drew a bigger crowd than Obama’s inauguration, even though the facts are there openly for the world to see. Not only did Spicer flatly lie to the American people in the face of facts open for the everyone to see, his rebuttal when questioned as to why he lied about something so trivial, was that facts are interpreted differently. Which is again, another obvious lie. Facts do not survive in a realm of interpretation.
However, after Kellyanne Conway went on live television to defend Spicer by saying his provably false statement was simply an “alternative fact,” the American people opened their eyes to a truly worrisome reality. Once a social media storm erupted after her appearance, many not only compared the president’s staff’s rhetoric to that of George Orwell’s 1984, but people actually also wanted to read it.
And so, by early Wednesday morning, what could you imagine was the best-selling book on Amazon.com? Orwell’s 1984 of course. Book publishing giant, Penguin Publishing, told CNN that “We put through a 75,000 copy reprint this week. That is a substantial reprint and larger than our typical reprint for 1984.” The last time Orwell’s book reached a substantial sale spike was in 2013, shortly after whistleblower Edward Snowden, released information detailing the massive surveillance program being conducted by the NSA.
What is 1984?
George Orwell’s 1984 is a novel that follows Winston Smith, as he traverses through a civilization controlled by a god-like, totalitarian government, or “Big Brother,” who sees all. The government, under the guise of security, controls and dominates the lives of all its citizens, even who they love, which is a main plot in the novel. A totalitarian nightmare Orwell envisioned that, apparently, many found interesting enough to give the book a read.
Below is Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts” statement from the interview with Meet The Press.