1 April 2007

Irony: Orwell’s London neighborhood covered in spy-cameras

Filed under: Books,Ponderings

One of my all time favorite books is 1984 by George Orwell. I’ve read it several times over many periods of my life, and each time I do I find more in it than I saw before. I also realize how much closer we’re drawing as a society to Winston’s Ingsoc.

Our current society, of course, is more and more like the world that Orwell envisioned: rampant government surveillance, an over-active domestic spy program, everyday citizens imprisoned without trial or access to due process because of their political beliefs, and surveillance cameras everywhere…even around the very birthplace of the Orwellian Society.

As Cory Doctorow of BoingBoing writes:

“Dozens of private and public spy-cameras surveil the streets, walls and windows of the area around George Orwell’s apartment. Britain, the nation that “sleepwalked into a surveillance society,” has created the landscape that Orwell envisioned, a world where your every step is recorded from every angle. And as Cardinal Richelieu said, “If you give me six lines written by the most honest man, I will find something in them to hang him.” Is there any among us whose movements aren’t suspicious under the wrong circumstances?”

How long until what I’m doing right now will have to be written in an antique paper notebook (a Moleskine perhaps?) under cover of darkness, or risk the same imprisonment that others have found who disagree with the Neocons?

At the rate we’re going, it would appear not long. I wonder what 1984 will seem like to me the next time I read it, or, if I will be allowed to read it at all?

via Boing Boing

One Response to “Irony: Orwell’s London neighborhood covered in spy-cameras”

  1. kristabellerina says:

    Now you’re getting into Fahrenheit 451 territory. You’ll have to use your Moleskine to transcribe 1984 from memory.

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