Thoughtcrime is a concept developed in the novel 1984 by George Orwell. In the novel, the government attempts to control the thoughts of its citizens, as well as their actions. Thoughtcrime is the only type of offence recognised by the Ingsoc government and the punishment is the same regardless of the actual nature of the offense. In his diary, Winston Smith writes that 'Thoughtcrime does not entail death. Thoughtcrime is death'. The official language of Oceania, newspeak, was developed to effectively make thoughtcrime impossible. The newspeak for thoughtcrime is 'Crimethink'. Thoughtcrime has become an incredibly influential concept in current political discourse, and the word is often used by those opposing censorship of a particular viewpoint.