Ran across this link today, Orwells preface to Animal Farm:
According to George Orwell, the intelligentsia was pro communist Russia during and before WWII. Their media and intelligentsia excused all sorts of crimes they wouldn't excuse of their own empire. This perpetual fawning of Totalitarianism spread to areas in their own lives.
He noticed that people, being forced in our modern lingo to accept a 'cognitive dissonance' were losing their humanity. I guess he was analysing the British media/PR propaganda industry in it's early days.
“The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment.”
“it is the liberals who fear liberty and the intellectuals who want to do dirt on the intellect: it is to draw attention to that fact that I have written this preface.”