It is both a profound political essay and a shocking, heartbreaking work of art. You have to clear away what you think you know, all the terminology and iconography and cultural spin-offs, to grasp the original genius and lasting greatness of The intention of Newspeak is to limit the usefulness of language to get rid of words that allow people to think and speak about revolution thereby preventing them from revolting against the government.
But the Telescreen can see you, too. The regime aims to eradicate words and the ideas and feelings they embody. With those leaders, institutions and expertise delegitimized, the strategy has been to replace them with alternative authorities and realities.
Modelled on consumer choices, where the user is the commodity that is being marketed, the harvesting of those preferences for political campaigns is now distorting democracy. He and his fellow workers are controlled as a mass collective by the all-seeing and all-knowing presence of Big Brother.
He was stoical about the boredom and discomforts of trench warfare—he was shot in the neck and barely escaped Spain with his life—but he took the erasure of truth hard. If this is, in part, the case, then it is plausible that the war effort against terror may never be brought to an end as not only will there likely always be terrorists but it will always likely serve to unite the nation.
When George Orwell finished work on he was already a man without a future. Its real enemy is reality.