As much as I disagree with your political philosophy, you're right. The statists do purposely water down the language for the very reasons Orwell said they did. It's a tool for mass manipulation by creating a matrix of distorted, hollow, almost meaningless and ever-bendable language that changes at the capricious whims of TPTB.
+MEGA REP!! Haven't been alive too long, but also a lifelong artist here. Totally agree. I've never needed nor sought out NEA "help". Fuck that. I'm interesting in doing things that are commercially viable.
You might assume so. But that same CONstitution gave CONgress the right to makes laws clarifying stuff like this-hence the 1976 Copyright Act. Don't like it? Write your congresscritters. Let me know how that works out for ya. ;)
If it weren't so useful ATM I would self-ban from FB. Fuckerberg has been pissing me off in a number of ways in recent years. (most notably the absurd censorship and over-friendly relationship with the Fedcoats)