As O’Brien passed the telescreen a thought seemed to strike him. He stopped, turned aside and pressed a switch on the wall. There was a sharp snap. The voice had stopped.
Julia uttered a tiny sound, a sort of squeak of surprise. Even in the midst of his panic, Winston was too much taken aback to be able to hold his tongue.
‘You can turn it off!’ he said.
‘Yes,’ said O’Brien, ‘we can turn it off. We have that privilege.’
George Orwell, from “1984“, 1949
The words “mystery”, “baffled” and “puzzled” are memes, used, among numerous similar variants, whenever anyone in the wholly-controlled-and-coopted Political, Academic, Scientific and Media establishments wants to lie about, well, basically anything. One of those variants is “startled.”
That’s why one of the stories I’ve featured below reads “For years, social scientists have puzzled over why this economically successful state has such startlingly high suicide rates.”
January 28, 2009 – Korea has nearly as many cell phones as people
March 15, 2014 – Why South Koreans are killing themselves in droves
South Koreans are under enormous pressure to succeed at work, school and in relationships, and to care for their families, fueling an abysmal suicide rate that is the highest in the OECD group of developed countries.
July 23, 2015 – Two Hours of Social Media a Day Linked to Suicidal Thoughts in Teens
Teenagers who use Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites for more than two hours per day are more likely to report suicidal thoughts, psychological distress and rate their general mental health as poor according to a recent study.
(Where “more likely” is general. As you may recall, generality is a hallmark of propaganda – ed)
February 24, 2016 – Korea has highest smartphone ownership rate
August 14, 2016 – Smartphone zombies have taken over Seoul – CNN
Instead, these are South Korea’s smartphone zombies: distracted walkers wandering the city’s sidewalks and wide boulevards, seemingly oblivious to everything except the latest text, alert, or notification on … “I almost got hit by a car while using my phone crossing the road,” says 24-year-old Shin Ji-won.
(Blames the car – ed)
October 31, 2017 – The “Scourge of South Korea”: Stress and Suicide in Korean Society
For years, social scientists have puzzled over why this economically successful state has such startlingly high suicide rates.
December 23, 2017 – South Korea’s Smartphone Obsession | The Diplomat
When news came that 72 percent of South Korean children now own their first smartphone by the time they turn 12, most people in the country shrugged and carried on
February 14, 2018 – Wikipedia – Compared to other OECD countries, South Korea’s female suicide rate is highest with 15.0 deaths by suicide per 100,000 deaths according to the suicidal rate list, while the male suicide rate is third highest with 32.5 per every 100,000 deaths.