Dear Winston Smith and the Ministry of Truth are alive and well. The latest project has been the re-edition of Huck Finn editing out the words “Nigger” and “Injun”. According to NewSouth Books Mark Twain “expert” Alan Gribben, the idea is not to censor the book but to “update it.”
“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?… Has it ever occurred to your, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?… The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact, there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
Syme talking to Winston, 1984 by George Orwell.