Tech Heavy

26 Nov

There’s something quaint about reading futuristic novels after the future is, well, the past.

Obviously, Orwell’s predictions have not come to reality.  My home decor doesn’t include a telescreen, I haven’t spotted a single Big Brother poster on my commute to work, my children haven’t donned spy apparel.

Those incredibly apparent places where he missed the mark give me a sense of relief.  Hoorah!  Society yielded his warning!  But, there were a few other spots where his prophetic genius was just slightly off target, and instead of a striking fear in my heart, it brought a smile to my face.

For instance, had Orwell only known how teensy tiny surveillance equipment would become, his initial love scene would have needed a new setting.

“Yes.  Look at the trees.”  They were small ashes, which at some time had been cut down and had sprouted up again into a forest of poles, none of them thicker than one’s wrist.  “There’s nothing big enough to hide a mike in.”

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Posted by on November 26, 2013 in 1984


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One response to “Tech Heavy

  1. Jerry

    November 26, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Okay, but in communist Russia he was spot on. If you were against the party you could trust no one, even a family member could turn you in to the authorities, and in return the “ratter” could be rewarded for his loyalty to the party, and I agree that today we don’t need a telescreen, because we voluntarily let everyone know where we are and what are doing via our technologies, and that is why we are seeing a push back today against what government can and cannot keep track off.


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