WHO IS WATCHING WHOM?
The book 1984 by George Orwell is an in-depth portrayal of life under totalitarianism with "big brother watching", where every act and thought is monitored by the state "big brother", where privacy and individuality disappeared. Corrective re-education was employed to suppress individual expression. Orwell's warning was of a megatrend - the accumulating power of government – the state, over it's citizens – the people.
Orwell warned us of the intrusion of "the state" on personal expression. On reflection, it would appear Orwell was correct in his warning that personal privacy was at risk. What he cautioned about was the state's activism and intrusion in our lives. What he failed to see was that people were so ready to give up privacy seduced by state programs and corporate trinkets of the information age designed to save or serve us.
Here we are in 2020, half a century after the book was published. We have experienced several mind numbing global events: Y2K, climate change, 9/11, several financial crises, and now our first pandemic. For most of us - untouched, these were only news events. Until Covid-19 these events were in the background, but we live in the foreground. FOR MORE.
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