Sales of Orwell's 1984 spike after 'Alternative Facts'

"It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words." - George Orwell '1984.' 

Kellyanne Conway may be good for Amazon's business. After her appearance on Sunday's Meet the Press segment in which she defended easily disproved claims by White House Press secretary Sean Spicer as 'alternative facts' sales of Orwell's popular novel have spiked. 

The segment quickly went viral as people pointed out how much the phrase 'alternative facts' used by Conway resembled the 'newspeak' made popular in George Orwell's politically charged dystopian novel, '1984.' 

The novel quickly became the best-selling book on Amazon by Wednesday morning. A Penguin spokesperson told CNN that they, "...put through a 75,000 copy reprint this week. That is a substantial reprint and larger than our typical reprint for '1984.'" 

Many high schools around the country require students to read 1984 as part of their curriculum. The plot follows Winston Smith, an everyday man living in a futuristic dystopian society in which all things are controlled by an omniscient government. The government known as 'Big Brother' in the novel undermines rebellion and reality by distorting the truth, erasing, and altering evidence of the past, as well as controlling every aspect of the culture and its subjects. 

People have long used the actions of 'Big Brother' as shorthand to described government overreach and political propaganda. 

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