Archive for the ‘Orwell’ Category

BTC – Thanks to Mister.re for sending this one over from Truth Dig’s Chris Hedges. You may or may not buy into the economic direction of the piece, but I think it still has some really great articulations about the Orwell : Huxley problem of losing our privacy and information liberties.

2011: A Brave New Dystopia

“Orwell warned of a world where books were banned. Huxley warned of a world where no one wanted to read books. Orwell warned of a state of permanent war and fear. Huxley warned of a culture diverted by mindless pleasure. Orwell warned of a state where every conversation and thought was monitored and dissent was brutally punished. Huxley warned of a state where a population, preoccupied by trivia and gossip, no longer cared about truth or information. Orwell saw us frightened into submission. Huxley saw us seduced into submission. But Huxley, we are discovering, was merely the prelude to Orwell. Huxley understood the process by which we would be complicit in our own enslavement. Orwell understood the enslavement.” 

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BTC – Information Liberation was introduced to us by a little bird, a tweet rather from this guy, when I found this populist gem: a list of 259 boycott worthy airports using TSA’s “adult” body scanners.

That’s when I realized how much I have in common with this blog when I looked at their Big Brother- Orwellian cateogy. Now that it’s an official blog-crush, they’re being added to the blog rolls on the sidebar.

Here are the more recent ones getting the State mandated peep show. I didn’t realize prisons had their own airports….Wait! The Backscatter market is moving into the criminal justice foray?  This includes courthouses.    See below.

Chicago Midway International Airport

Dulles International Airport

Greater Rochester International Airport

Honolulu International Airport

Houston William P. Hobby Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport

La Guardia International Airport

Orlando International Airport

Philadelphia International Airport

Saipan International Airport

San Antonio International Airport

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Q. Where else is advanced imaging technology used?

A. Domestic locations:

Colorado Springs Court House (CO)

Cook County Court House (IL)

Department of Corrections facility (PA)

Douglas County Colorado Justice Center

Montana State Prison

Utah State Correctional Facility

I find it difficult to imagine that anyone reading Orwell’s masterpiece [1984] put the book down and said, “Wow. Wouldn’t it be great if we all could live like that?” But if we don’t consider all of the aspects of double-edged technologies, and if we get too caught up in convenience or too scared to accept less than the most intrusive security, that’s the world we’re going to live in.

c/o Lady Liberty for Liberty for All

In George Orwell’s classic “1984,” Big Brother was the personification of Big Government. He was always there to protect citizens and to steer them in the “right” direction “for their own good.” To maintain the status quo (i.e. government as the ultimate authority), Orwell’s Big Brother did everything from rewriting history and redefining language to engaging in constant prophylactic surveillance of citizens on the streets and in their homes.

In the world of “1984,” thorough records were kept on each and every citizen, and paranoia and fear alone ensured that Big Brother’s control was absolute even when his technological eyes might randomly be turned elsewhere. Those few who dared rail against such things were re-educated using tools ranging from mere propaganda to outright torture.

Is it any wonder, then, that more and more people are talking about Big Brother these days?

If redefining words or rewriting history is “Big Brotherish,” we must take note of recent developments.

The manipulation of history isn’t new, nor is it as difficult as you might think when you consider that history is typically written by the victor. A prime example is the virtual hero worship of President Abraham Lincoln who is credited with ending slavery in America. The reality of Lincoln’s actions leading up to and during the Civil War aren’t quite so glorious.