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  •  another candidate - "Osama bin Goldstein" (1+ / 0-)
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    Gemina13

    wtf?

    •  That was a reference to 1984; (4+ / 0-)
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      Hprof, Arken, Gemina13, Rustbelt Dem

      The Eastasia thing makes it clear.

      "Democratic Luntz is a prized blogger here." "You're like the chief of constables of the diary police."

      by DemocraticLuntz on Wed Jun 03, 2009 at 02:14:57 PM PDT

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      •  it's been a long time since I read that (2+ / 0-)
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        DemocraticLuntz, Gemina13

        so thanks for the reminder.  

        Does remembering something you'd forgotten count as learning?  

        If so, you've helped me achieve what I would have thought was impossible--learning anything of significance from this diary.

      •  I don't get the reference even still (0+ / 0-)

        it's been a while since I read 1984 . . . .

        •  It's the book-within-a-book (0+ / 0-)

          In 1984, there's a treasonous book written by Emmanuel Goldstein, a character used by the government as a scapegoat.  That book, "On the Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism," basically lays down in bare technical terms what the book is really about, how and why the governments evolved into totalitarian dictatorships, etc etc.  In a way, 1984 contains its own Cliffs Notes.

          Outside the novel, references to Emmanuel Goldstein generally designate some kind of sophomoric persecution complex.  The hacker editor of 2600 magazine chose Goldstein as a pseudonym, for example.  Here, the diarist conflates the names to make a simplistic suggestion that Bin Laden is merely some fictitious prop used as a scapegoat by a soviet-style government.

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