By General Maddox
In George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Ministry of Truth is the government propaganda ministry. The word “truth” here is a paradox as one of it’s roles was to falsify historical records so that should there be any doubt as to what “really” happened, the “historical” records would reflect it. As well as administering truth, the administration deploys a new tongue-in-cheek language amongst administrators called Newspeak.
The term Public Interest Media Advocate which sounds like something right out of the Orwellian novel Published in 1949 is actually a proposed job title included in a bill recently put forward by Senator Stephen Conroy, the federal communications minister.
The Bill includes a public interest test for media mergers and a toughened self-regulation system for print and online news media and is backed by the Public Interest Media Advocate which would rule on proposed media mergers and oversee the operation…
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