com/big-brother-the-orwellian-nightmare-come-true/ Big Brother: The Orwellian Nightmare Come True Mark Dice March 4, 2011 When George Orwell (pen name of Eric Blair) first published his famous novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, it was the year 1949, and it told a dark story of what he envisioned life may be like in the future-in the year 1984. His book, as well as his name, have become synonymous with privacy concerns involving technology and also an allpowerful, oppressive ruling elite that strictly governs the activities of the population with an iron fist. ll’s book is where we get the term Big Brother from, such as when people say “Big Brother is watching you.” When people say this, they’re referring to the omniscient surveillance system described in the novel that continuously watched and listened to people-even in their own homes. When we call something Orwellian to describe the invasiveness of certain technology or government policies, we are also referring to George Orwell’s nightmarish vision he described in his novel. There are several other terms that Orwell himself coined in Nineteen Eighty-Four, such as doublethink, thoughtcrime, and memory hole, which have also become part of our vernacular. Even if you have not read the book or seen the film, you are still undoubtedly familiar with the issues that make up the storyline, such as the high-tech surveillance system watching and listening to everyone in order to keep them in line with the government (called the Party in the novel). You are probably also familiar with the concept of a small elite ruling class (what Orwell calls the Inner Party) living in luxury and wielding unimaginable power over lower level citizens. In the novel, people have lost their freedom, their critical thinking skills, and even the ability to love due to the cultural depths society has sunk to as a result of Big Brother’s control. The reason Nineteen Eighty-Four remains so popular, and the reason society has adopted vocabulary from the book, is because it serves as more than merely a fictional novel for the reader’s entertainment. The novel served (and continues to serve) as a stark warning of what the future may hold if we don’t resist invasive technology and oppressive government policies, or if the population at large becomes so lost in a world of pop culture, sports entertainment, or our own selfish desires, that we simply don’t care. My new nonfiction book, Big Brother: The Orwellian Nightmare Come True, looks at technology

I have assembled information from mainstream news sources. sometimes before the products are even officially released. eventually ending up on the cell phone of someone over the age of eighteen.that now exists or is under development and will exist in the near future. and given us the ability to watch events on the other side of the earth unfold live on television. it has also brought us identity theft. Clark.” While this magical technology has brought us the convenience of calling our friends or family on our cell phones. And when Albert Einstein was searching for the laws of physics to learn how our Universe functioned. and the FBI illegally spying on and smearing peaceful political activists who were seen as problematic. resulting in what is essentially child pornography in their possession. depending on the intentions of the person designing it or using it. word processors. DVR recorders. and then having the boyfriends forward them to others. or harm them. and more. with tremendous advances in technology often come unforeseen consequences. YouTube. he could have never imagined that his work would be used to design weapons capable of destroying . Peeping Toms using hidden video cameras. Nobody could have envisioned young teenage girls taking nude photos of themselves with their cell phone cameras and sending them to their boyfriends. The music and film industries certainly didn’t anticipate millions of Internet users downloading music and movies for free. allowing us to talk with them from virtually anywhere in the world. that threatens to make our world just as horrific or even worse than the world George Orwell described. I am certainly not anti-technology. the author of 2001 a Space Odyssey. We will also look at actual government programs and policies that seem as if they came right out of Orwell’s dark imagination. you have also realized how much we take for granted in our modern world. If you’ve ever been at home when the electricity unexpectedly goes out. illegal wiretaps. Technology is a fantastic tool which can benefit those who use it. you’ve realized how much we depend on technology for what have become common and necessary activities. email. and even patent numbers of the most invasive and sinister Orwellian devices anyone could dream of. and worse. Arthur C. cyber stalkers. Technology has brought us amazing inventions that would seem supernatural to civilizations that lived just a few hundred years ago. was correct when he said. Facebook. “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. If you have ever left your cell phone at home when you’ve left the house for the day. Unfortunately. such as the government secretly paying mainstream media reporters to act as gate-keepers and propagandists for the establishment. and other wonders such as the Internet. Excel spread sheets. industry experts.

one can realize how wrong. People are working longer hours. now many people can’t escape their job even after they leave the office. and more. the oil needs to be changed. the engine serviced. having to retire later in life. some of the sinister inventions currently in operation. with large blocks of free time to enjoy ourselves as we had most manual labor and menial tasks taken care of by robots and computers. Facial recognition video cameras that can pick you out of a crowd of tens of thousands of people in a split second. You will see beyond a doubt that George Orwell’s description of Big Brother was chillingly accurate. Yet more than a decade into the twenty-first century. and the average vehicle now costs as much as a house did for people just two generations ago. and are having less savings than past generations. and the ones mad scientists are hoping to one day create. machines that can read your mind. the bushes need to be trimmed. and mathematical formulas are used by employers to determine whether an employee is being efficient enough. Where is this techno-utopia that so many had promised would come in the near future? Instead of living lives of luxury and leisure. having less time with their families. Our cars must still continuously be maintained. day or night. once much of this technology is created. psychotronic weapons that can literally put voices in people’s heads. high-tech killer-robots. and fixing up the house and countless other tasks and obligations that are required of us in our daily lives. Many were led to believe that by the twenty-first century we would all be living lives of luxury like the Jetsons. there will be little hope of stopping it or even regulating it. and even silly. People are being turned into numbers and statistics. now he or she can call us on our cell phone at anytime. the techno-utopian dreamers were in the past. and expects a promptly returned phone call or e-mail. and perhaps not as horrific as the reality we may one day face.the entire earth. Where once we left work and were outside of the reach of our boss. . If one reads old Popular Mechanics magazines from the 1950′s. no matter how disastrous the consequences. and things around the house continue to break and need to be fixed or replaced. the tires rotated and replaced. It’s difficult to get a person on the phone when calling a company’s customer service department. The grass still needs to be cut. It seems that the dark minds of men in power always strive to build sinister devices designed to enable them to hold onto their power. Like a Pandora’s Box. and commuting to work and raising the kids. we still need to spend time cooking and cleaning. as well as the ones on the drawing boards.

and practically everything we’ve done in our entire lives. it’s the kind of world that’s rapidly approaching. Entertain). what foods we ate. gave a speech on the future of gaming and talked about how in the future. that we’ll possibly be better people and be nicer and make better decisions because of the fear of judgment from others. It’s interesting that while people seem to be getting dumber. “You have no idea what books your grandparents read. and looked forward to them. Where we once discussed politics and religion with our friends and neighbors. such topics have become taboo and are replaced with the enticing entertainment of celebrity news as most people feel that it is more important to know about who our favorite celebrities are dating than it is to know what bills are being introduced and voted on in the halls of Congress or our own city council. the former Creative Director of the Disney Imagineering Virtual Reality Studio. but these sensors that we’re going to have on us and all around us everywhere are going to be tracking and watching what we’re doing forever. and a Wi-Fi connecter so that it can be connected to the Internet. and are being dehumanized into nothing more than a mentally enslaved workforce who are constantly being monitored. we just monitor their newsfeed on Facebook from the comfort of our own home while sitting in our favorite chair getting fatter from lack of exercise and a poor diet. Jesse Schell.” Schell said. a screen. and a camera on board it. He concludes by saying that because we will all be constantly watched and our actions and interests databased forever. [and] every cereal box is going to be able to have a CPU. We are becoming a nation of morons who can’t think for themselves. Innovate. . an annual meeting of videogame executives. “Before too long we’re going to get to the point where every soda can.and social networking sites such as Facebook and Myspace have turned everyone into their own favorite celebrity and supplement actual friendships and interactions.” He concluded his speech by saying that our children and grandchildren will be able to know exactly what books we’ve read. Communicate. but he was extremely excited about them. He gave this speech not to warn people about these Orwellian technologies. computers are getting smarter. that the watchful eyes of surveillance cameras are mass produced. Is this the kind of world you want to live in? Well. At a presentation at the 2010 DICE Summit (Design. databased. almost as if they were disposable. People don’t need to get together for a dinner party to catch up on each other’s lives anymore. or where they went on a daily basis. and kept in line by the fear of the omniscient Big Brother technology that has gotten so advanced and so cheap.

and what is soon to come. It is my hope that we do not lose our privacy. . may be better equipped to handle it when it hits. and we as a society and species. It is my goal to give you an accurate forecast of the coming storm so that you as an individual. It is to encourage people to think about how to possibly prevent or minimize dramatic hazards to our lives by the very technology we have created.Big Brother: The Orwellian Nightmare is meant to serve as a warning for what is already here. or our humanity in this 1984-style New World Order. freedom.

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