The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction

The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction By John W. Whitehead “You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984 Tread cautiously: the fiction of George Orwell has become an operation manual for the omnipresent, modern-day surveillance state. It’s been 70 years since Orwell—dying, beset by fever and bloody coughing fits, and driven to warn against the rise of a society in which rampant abuse of power and mass…

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European Commission Unwittingly Echoes “1984” Slogan In Controversial Tweet

European Commission Unwittingly Echoes “1984” Slogan In Controversial Tweet By Tyler Durden The EU Commission is taking some heat on Twitter after its account tweeted a message that some blasted for perhaps unwittingly echoing “Orwellian” themes from George Orwell’s seminal novel 1984. Urging Europeans to get out and vote during the upcoming European Parliamentary elections, which begin in a week, the Commission’s tweet read: “The EU is peace. The EU is freedom. The EU is solidarity. The EU is diversity. The EU is human rights. The EU is opportunities. Vote.” is…

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Nineteen Eighty-Four Turns 70 Years Old In A World That Looks A Lot Like The Book

Nineteen Eighty-Four Turns 70 Years Old In A World That Looks A Lot Like The Book By John Vibes This month, George Orwell’s legendary novel Nineteen Eighty-Four turns 70 years old, and the warnings contained within the story are now more relevant than ever. Orwell’s predictions were so spot on that it almost seems like it was used as some type of accidental instruction manual for would-be tyrants. In the world of Nineteen Eighty-Four, there is an all-encompassing surveillance state that keeps a watchful eye on everyone, in search of possible…

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Two Ways Our World Resembles “1984”

Two Ways Our World Resembles “1984” By Jon Miltimore When I took 1984 with me on vacation recently, I didn’t expect to read it. Unlike the two other books with me—Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life and Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist—I had already read Orwell’s classic work. Or had I? It had been at least 25 years. Most of what I remembered seemed to be fragments of quotes and cliches my brain had absorbed from internet articles and pop culture. Truth be told, I had always been more partial…

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George Orwell Warned Us Of The Most Dangerous Type Of Censorship

George Orwell Warned Us Of The Most Dangerous Type Of Censorship By Dylan Charles The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment. ~George Orwell The big tech companies are now openly censoring popular viewpoints and deleting select social media pages that supposedly ‘violate community guidelines.’ There is, of course, never a detailed explanation of why companies like You Tube and Facebook delete user-generated pages (our You Tube page was deleted in 2017 for no apparent reason and…

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