We live in a far less private world than we ever have. Want to know who is watching all your steps? Everyone.
George Orwell’s 1984 featured a dystopian England, and indeed, a world, of three superstates that all ran according to the same principles. Eternal war, eternal ignorance, and eternal subservience, whether realized or not. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU was this book’s addition to the American lexicon for many, many people.
The means of surveillance were certainly in keeping with the author’s current knowledge of technology, for the television had just been developed, through wireless radio and microphone / recording systems were well developed. It was easy for Orwell in 1948 to envision a surveillance society based on the media of his time, alone.
What he did not bet on was that it would not take an expressly socialist government, nor even a Communist one to create this sort of surveillance state.
How about using social media instead? How about using the apps that are mainly toys for the smartphone user? How about using a globally popular platform and asking for the permissions to be surveilled in plain sight, and in plain English?
Couldn’t possibly be true, could it? We are a free people, and the right to privacy is ours, isn’t it?
Sure it is. But have you ever seen these before? ...
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