Friday, July 17, 2009

"It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words."

Amazon's Kindle service has revoked ownership of Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm.

Apparently, all copies of Orwell's works on Kindle, everywhere, have evaporated. Gone into the memory hole. Been disappeared. 1984 does not exist, it has never existed. Apparently it's a consequence of the war with EastAsia... I mean, Eurasia. Outer Party members of the Ministry of Truth has replaced it with a picture of the Hero of the Revolution.

This unusual maneuver, which Amazon says occurred because Orwell's publisher changed its mind about offering the electronic version of these titles, is all the more unsettling simply because readers already purchased the books and had their ownership of the item revoked. In the Orwell book case, the item was simply no longer there-it was as if those Kindle users never owned it.
That may be so. My theory? Simple: the ghost of Orwell must have posted something at Little Green Footballs that Charles Johnson didn't like, so Johnson banned him, really really hard. But that's just me.

Eric Blair laughs at us, wherever he is.

ADDENDUM JULY 19 2009 8:00 AM

Over at the article cited above, one "Mearsfan42" makes the following comment:

Something needs to be corrected about this article... The writer stated that the books publisher simply changed it's mind about offering an ebook, when it actuality its totally different...

Here's a direct quote from engadget.com that has a comment from Amazon:
"Drew Herdener, Amazon.com's Director of Communications: "These books were added to our catalog using our self-service platform by a third-party who did not have the rights to the books. When we were notified of this by the rights holder, we removed the illegal copies from our systems and from customers' devices, and refunded customers. We are changing our systems so that in the future we will not remove books from customers' devices in these circumstances."

If this is the case I have no problem with Amazon being able to do this..
Well, yeah. But it points up to a real problem. We no longer need huge numbers of droids at the Miinistry of Truth to disappear information. All we need is the Net: for he who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the hard drive controls the past.

As another commenter, "Chasrome," observed: "It's ironic - at a supernatural level - that Orwell's works would figure in this!" Indeed.

And "JohnU" adds: "I suppose the horror of one click censorship is offest by the environemental gains. After all, when there are no more books, we won't have to have huge bonfires to [burn] them. Maybe that is what "Kindle" really means."

3 comments:

  1. I see your little post accusing me of being "sarcastic" has been removed.

    Clearly, you are an atheist, who hates God and pretends He doesn't exist. However, the pray4trig website is quite serious.

    Jesus promised He would answer the prayers of the faithful. So, why do you think He would not answer a prayer to heal Trig Palin?

    This miracle will demonstrate to the world that God is the One True God.

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  2. It hasn't been removed. I just wanted to edit it before reposting it.

    And I'm not buying your faithfulness for an instant.

    My experience--one that has brought me through fields of mass murder victims, to face down His genocidal enemies face to face, to raise children which He has decreed must be 'lessened' by imperfection, to live in a town simmering in hatreds--is that God's way is not to remove suffering but to teach us to be our whole selves through that suffering.

    Your advocacy of Trig's "healing" is a mockery. I don't buy it for a nickel (and you know how little a nickel is worth these days).

    No, Shirlee, I don't buy you as serious at all. I can smell sarcasm from a furlong away.

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  3. BTW, before you call me an 'atheist' (at which I laugh) read this blog in its entirety.

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Keep it clean for gene.