Very few people graduated high school without reading George Orwell’s classic 1984, a grim tale about a future that is controlled utterly by an iron-fisted, faceless autocracy capable of invading and controlling the minds of every citizen. Winston Smith, however, is an aberration -- one citizen who retains the will to resist. He’s not alone. There is a slowly growing group who are resisting Big Brother’s attempts to dominate their lives. The book is one of the last century’s finest dystopian novels and was written as an attempt to warn people about the dangers of a government without proper controls. Several future fiction elements appear in the novel, including the concept of a TV that could watch you while you watched it, and, of course, the notion that an unrestricted government could inveigle its way into every citizen’s mind, erasing memories and encouraging only obedient thoughts in line with Big Brother’s directives.
- Mass Surveillance
- Freedom of Expession