On the anniversary of the publication of Orwell’s 1984, we were treated to news that Congress is not very outraged that data about all our phone calls (who/when/how long) is being recorded in accordance with the order from a secret court, AND we found out that our government is also data-mining our Internet Service Providers.
On the anniversary of the publication of 1984, this is just about as bad of news as one could get. It occurs to me, however, that Big Brother doesn’t have to actually watch us through our television sets. Orwell could not have imagined the capacity of our data systems way back in the 1940s, but they had TV. If he had an inkling of even DARPANET, I bet he’d have had the NSA examining our internet activities in his book.
Just remember, the next time you use your browser’s Inprivate/Private Window features . . . Big Brother is still watching you.