There’s a word for societies that so easily accept Edward Snowden’s revelations about wide-spread government snooping on citizens without objecting. It’s “Orwellian.”
An excellent explanation of how it works on you by Andrea Porchedd, Italian researcher, is available online.
His clear-eyed essay show how Orwell’s understanding of the novel “1984” comes from the concepts of Orwell’s essay on the English language.
“The abuse of language, however defined, in Orwell’s opinion leads to the same political effect: unquestioning orthodoxy. In other words, the annihilation of real, autonomous thinking:
‘Orthodoxy means not thinking — not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.’”
When the president tells you that National Security Administration spying, hidden from the public, is “legal,” does that re-assure you? Then you are accepting the orthodoxy.
See how Porchedd lays out the details here: http://academia.edu/721095/Orwell_and_the_Power_of_Language