Happy Halloween! Examining the Big Brother Legacy 2023


1984 was George Orwell’s classic 1949 science fiction novel.  And Orwell popularized such terms as “Big Brother is watching you”, “doublethink”, “thoughtcrime”, “Newspeak”, “telescreen”, and the “Thought Police”.

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 It was a powerful example of cautionary fiction set in a dystopian society. In the book, everyone lives from birth-to-death in a state of mass surveillance and brainwashing.  

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Big Brother or Bust

When Orwell wrote his novel most homes didn’t even have a TV. And some didn’t have a phone. But we live in a world of devices. Orwell’s vision of a “telescreen” comes in every size and shape these days. And everyone carries an iPhone with them at all times.

Today social media is constantly and interactively streaming, and Big Tech is everywhere. A couple of years ago the COVID-19 techno-pandemic sealed our dependence on technology.