Posted tagged ‘1984’

I’ve got my eye on you!

May 3, 2010

 If you look up the term “Big Brother” in the lexicon you’ll notice that it is the synonym for abuse of government power, particularly in respective to civil liberties. The novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was written in 1949 by Eric Arthur Blair better known by his pen name George Orwell, in which he describes how everybody is constantly being watched by Big Brother.

In his classic novel, Orwell uses the  anonymous and unrecognizable shadowy figure that was placed on posters and put all over the place with the saying, “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.” This was used to let the people know that no matter where they go they could not escape the watching eyes of the controlling government. 

How true are those words now. We are living in an age where google can pinpoint exactly where you are in a split second, where everywhere you go you’ll notice a surveillance camera and where  access to all of your personal data is possible in a blink of an eye. Seems the Orwellian society is now all around us!

So have we ever really given any thought to this? The fact that we are always being watched, or the fact that the governments and corporations know so much about our private life? Why is this not of concern to most people and why is it necessary?