Friday, March 26, 2010

Watch "Squealer" Squirm

Man on street grills Gibbs about 'power grab':
"Do you ever feel dirty inside defending this administration's deceits and deception?"

For those of you that are less well-read, the "Squealer" in the title is a reference to a character from Animal Farm-the dystopian allegorical novella by George Orwell, aka Eric Arthur Blair.

A small white fat porker who serves as Napoleon's right hand pig and minister of propaganda. Squealer manipulates the language to excuse, justify, and extol all of Napoleon's actions. Squealer limits debate by complicating it and he confuses and disorients, making claims that the pigs need the extra luxury they are taking in order to function properly, for example. However, when questions persist, he usually uses the threat of the return of Mr Jones, the former owner of the farm, to justify the pigs' privileges. Squealer uses statistics to convince the animals that life is getting better and better. Most of the animals have only dim memories of life before the revolution; therefore, they are convinced. In the end, he is the first pig to walk on his hind legs.

ANYWAY, watch the video.

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