How likely is the George Orwell novel 1984 likely to happen?


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Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

Rather comically, part of it has already happened. Newspeak is an everyday phenomenon but we've changed the name. We call it political correctness.

As for Big Brother, we're moving closer and closer to total visibility with the advent of CCTV and the Internet. Foolishly, we reveal far too much of our personal lives -- in text and images -- making ourselves vulnerable to all kinds of exploitation. Of course, that's not quite the same as Big Brother but rather Big Cousin.

Big Brother gets into the act with excesses like Britain's GCHQ, America's NSA, and the Russian Federation's  ФАПСИ (that's FAPSI to us, but I'm practising my Cyrillic). Ya gotta have at least a little sympathy for Peter Snowden's dilemma -- betrayal vs revelation. I'm  glad I never had to make his choice.

I suppose the European Union is also a step in the direction of 1984 where there was a consolidation of the world's nations into a small group of superpowers.

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Matt Radiance
Matt Radiance commented
Big brother is always watching you!
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
@Jan: I can respect Snowden. I have no respect whatsoever for the Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange. One blew the whistle out of conscience, the other is a self-righteous prique.

@Matt: Let him watch. If he spends too much time on my life he's gonna get bored spitless.
Jann Nikka
Jann Nikka commented
@DD, I totally agree with you😎.
@Matt 🎀
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Maurice Korvo answered

I must agree with Didge, it is already happening.  And soon, cash money will no longer be used, and every purchase you make will be able to be tracked. Just like when you watch TV on cable, the ratings go up or down with you changing channels. So big brother can tell what you watch too.

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