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1984 INGSOC Thoughtcrime Print by Libertymaniacs 1984 INGSOC Thoughtcrime Print by Libertymaniacs
Crimestop! Unthink Ungood Thoughtcrimes!

In the World of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, Airstrip One is brutally lorded over by the one-party government of Big Brother and INGSOC. All forms of dissent, even down to peoples' facial expressions or questioning thoughts were a crime.

In the novel, crimestop is a term used that means to rid oneself of unwanted thoughts, i.e., thoughts that interfere with the ideology of the INGSOC Party. This way, a person avoids committing thoughtcrime.

In the novel, we hear about crimestop through the eyes of protagonist Winston Smith:

"The mind should develop a blind spot whenever a dangerous thought presented itself. The process should be automatic, instinctive. Crimestop, they called it in Newspeak. He set to work to exercise himself in crimestop. He presented himself with propositions -- 'the Party says the earth is flat', 'the party says that ice is heavier than water' -- and trained himself in not seeing or not understanding the arguments that contradicted them."

As or more relevant today than ever before, Orwell's prose uncovers beautiful insights into how our modern society pounds out the cognitive dissonance of the otherwise rational mind. The deliberate lies that our governments and hierarchical social organizations perpetrate to hold and expand power defy logic, ethics, and reality, yet the seeming majority cling to them regardless.
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Sarahlll Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
great
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Neetsfagging322297 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Think Progress!
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namezong Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
The newspeak is done perfectly.
...doubleplusgood bellyfeel...
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Skargill Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
As well as being very nice to look at your style seems very similar to the one used in the 1984 version of the film. In fact my copy of Nineteen Eighty Four has a very similar style including colour scheme and theme, this wouldn't look out of place in a window during an election campaign. I also like how you've made the three readers visually different either ethnically or sexually. A big point in the "there only in it for power" was a few brief passages that sexism and racism as we know it don't exist in Oceania because its much easier to unite everyone against some rarely scene external threat.
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Lesquille Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Doubleplusgood bellyfeel.
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NazjaRaj Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
UNGOOD. QUINTUPLUSUNGOOD CAMPAIGN. MORE CRIMETHINK. NO TO INGSOC. LIBERTY!!!!!
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lol1759 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Me gusta.
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Legions-Legate Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Not only Airstrip One, but also all of North and South America.
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Evex-Wolfwing Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reading this in English right now... for the second time, in my case. It's odd, being the only one who knows how it is going to end.
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lol1759 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i know how that feels...
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