Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Commissar Vanishes

In George Orwell's 1984, Winston Smith works at the Ministry of Truth, where new news was manufactured and old newspapers were altered to fit the shifting politics of Big Brother.

"The Commissar Vanishes" documents the real work of censors in Stalin's Russia who modified photographs for political purposes. Was this Orwell's model?

(via plep)

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