All Writing Is Political: Orwell and Fawcett’s Suggested Reforms


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All Writing Is Political: Orwell and Fawcett’s Suggested Reforms
Orwell vitiates against pretentious, cluttered language that pretends to be what it is not: objective and scientific. The opinions and biases he brings to his text are those of a social reformer. He argues against writing that disguises its (progressive or regressive) political content with rhetorical pomp. He mercilessly scrutinizes and criticizes both conservative, mainstream publications and Marxist political pamphlets.
Brian Fawcett agrees with Orwell and seeks to write an addendum and homage to “Politics in the English Language,” with updates for the modern era of “
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corporate socialism. Like Orwell, Fawcett aims to avoid ideological...
The end: solutions. First they pique our interest, then they sustain that interest with evidence, and finally they suggest how the readers can embrace concrete and plausible solutions.
Orwell and Fawcett write accessible, colorful prose that effectively persuades the reader that political truth requires careful use of language. By ‘careful use’ they somewhat surprisingly do not mean rigid adherence to rules of grammar and usage. In fact, they both promote informed nonconformity—the difficult task of avoiding cliché and commonplace in order to generate original, accurate, and lucid writing.
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Fawcett, Brian.
Orwell, George.