||The tendency to manipulate public opinion is not peculiar to contemporary America. It is innate to the political process. It prevails both in open and in closed societies, although the methods and institutions are liable to be different. Yet the present situation of America is unique. It is both different and more dangerous than in the past. The techniques of deception have undergone enormous improvements since Orwell's time.
( George Soros, What I Didn't Know: Open Society Reconsidered - in What Orwell Didn't Know, Propaganda and New Face of American Politics, 2007)