Revisiting Orwell to Understand our Times

When Big Brother is really watching you.

Just two or three generations ago, most Americans understood that George Orwell’s classics Animal Farm and 1984 were written to explain how freedom is lost to totalitarianism and the intolerance that accompanies it. “Big Brother,” a term that many people still casually use to describe an all-knowing governing authority, comes right out of 1984. In the society that Orwell describes, all citizens are continually reminded that “Big Brother is watching you,” by way of a constant surveillance through the pervasive use of “telescreens” by the ruling class.

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  • Raymond Hietapakka

    “George Orwell didn’t just write a book…he wrote the manual…”

  • Lightstream

    Boy, did Orwell ever get that right! It seems to be impossible to stop it.

  • Big Brother is now in private hands as Google, Facebook, Twitter, et al.