In George Orwell's novel 1984 computers are used by governments to enslave humanity, it is an awesome read with some very cool concepts one of which is Newspeak. My al time favourite term and one very relevant to this day and age and in particular this post is Blackwhite.
Blackwhite- The ability to accept whatever "truth" the party puts out, no matter how absurd it may be. Orwell described it as "...loyal willingness to say black is white when party discipline demands this. It also means the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know black is white, and forget that one has ever believed the contrary." George Orwell 1984 Principles of newspeak.
We are currently facing a media frenzy in Australia over the death of Steve "crocodile hunter" Irwin who lost his life perusing footage of a sting ray in Australia's North. Just over one year ago it was known that Steve Irwin was a buffoon, an international laughing stock and irresponsible father, See HWT February 24, 2005** . Prior to the death of Steve we knew and had photos to prove he would recklessly dangle infants in front of crocs, who continuously provoked animals without reason, We had footage of him making a fool of not only himself, but of Australians on the world stage, His feature movie.. *shudders*
The last few days we have been shown a new "truth" A gentle man, who loves his children, a fantastic father, a family man, a conservationist, who would never provoke an animal, a simple bloke, modest to the end, all of the large billboards with his photo on them had been airbrushed out, to show that humble side of the man. A man so noble he refused a state funeral from the grave.
In one story we see a man looking deranged and dangling a helpless infant into the jaws of a crocodile, today we see the same man cuddled up around his children and wife, looking happy and a candidate for father of the year. The same people who wrote letters condemning his irresponsibility now sing his praises, in a moment the masses have forgotten ad moved on. From village idiot to model Australian in two swipes of a stingray's tail.
***disclaimer this post is not Steve Irwin Bashing it is merely a good example of human conditioning and ignoring contradiction. Such as army intelligence. This is not to belittle the loss of life of a man who although led a life full of egocentricity and bizarre antics, but did do a lot for conservation in Australia and the world. In truth my heart goes out to his family and children left without a father, not to mention the shamefull media circus circling around his carcass ***