🎧 The Upside of George Orwell vs Privacy – Viewpoint Presents
In the year 1948 English author George Orwell wrote of a future time, the year 1984 when most of the world’s population had become victims of perpetual war, omnipresent government, continuous surveillance, and propaganda. How different is our world of 2019 from Orwell’s novel?
The phrase that most people remember from the Orwell novel is “Big Brother Is Watching” today it’s the question ”Has Facebook sold my confidential information to the highest bidder”. In all of his novels, Orwell conveys a fear of losing individual freedom to an increasingly oppressive modern society. In each novel, the protagonist’s attempt to escape ends in failure. Is the idea of privacy in a 21st-century world a concept that is no longer relevant? Has technology and our willingness to use it eliminated privacy? — Cameras on every corner in every building every roadway airport eliminated privacy as a trade-off for security? Why are we so willing to accept this? Has technology created a propaganda society where a single message is relayed 24/7 in singularity of content? What are the effects of propaganda on our lives?
And then there is the subject of WAR. Why do we wage war? Is it for nationalism as some say today? Is it economic? Is it a need for power and control by a ruling class? Big conversation with big bold minds on Viewpoint Presents, with Ilana Freedman, Susan Price and Jim McCay.
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