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He who controls

He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.

George Orwell, 1984

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  1. Sadly, this quote is all too true.

    But it’s not the least sad if we’re referring to our own work. It’s fun to rewrite ‘established’ history. 🙂

    • Heh, been doing that too. 😉

      In my story ‘think of the children’ is a curse used at those so busy trying to childproof their world that they never think of or bother world-proofing their children …

    • Felix J. Torres

      Intent matters.
      Alternate history writers and Counter-factual historians don’t pretend their altered scenarios are anything but entertainment and/or explorations of the relative significance of the events that happened whereas the revisionists Orwell was referring to use their fables to replace the events that did happen with a made-up narrative crafted to further their own pre-established agenda. (Think of the “Black Athena” narrative of the 90’s.)

      It’s the difference between cleaning a mural and throwing a bucket of black paint on it to obscure it.

  2. In real life the winners, or the controlling establishment writes the past.

  3. …for a while.

  4. huh, and here I was thinking that rage against the machine wrote that, when apparently they were just quoting it.

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