By Thomas K. Lindsay
“Choco ration’s going up!”
A character in George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, announces this rumor. The book’s protagonist, Winston Smith, is not deceived, and for good reason. In his work as a clerk in the Records department of the Ministry of Truth, Smith is ordered to “edit” earlier news stories, replacing the actual past ration amount of 30 grams with 20 grams. Thus, when the “official” number is later reported on the news, chocolate rations—which, in actuality, were being cut from 30 grams to 25—are announced to be “going up” from 20 to 25 grams.
The deception leaves Smith demoralized, and higher education reformers might know the feeling. CONTINUE READING HERE