“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face…forever” – George Orwell
George Orwell’s 1984 is a dystopian novel published in 1949. The novel is set in the year 1984 when most of the world population have become victims of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation.
No, our world is probably worse.
A key feature of Orwell’s novel are the Telescreens that display constant streams of government propaganda (fake news, if you will) and record everything around them. They’re not quite as mobile, but the similarity between a Telescreen and a cell phone seem horribly apparent.
The technology of our world, with endless possibilities of surveillance, data collection, and storage, surpasses anything Orwell imagined.
The police snoop into our lives at will and the whims of a higher power with incredible influence permeate everything. Totalitarian figureheads stare from every device around the world and communication providers broadcast troubling state truths interspersed with a constant stream of dreary infotainment.
But is the above a description of 1984, or modern life?
See what George Orwell had to say ….