<strong>Privacy Is Passé, So Broadcast Yourself (to Big Brother)
by: Adam Bessie, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed</strong>
“You had to live – you did live, from habit that became instinct – in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”
-Winston Smith worries in George Orwell’s classic novel, “1984.”
All Winston yearns for is a place outside of the all-seeing electronic eye of the Telescreen, a private place that Big Brother’s penetrating gaze can’t reach.So Winston picks up a journal on the black market, a “thoughtcrime” he knows will sign his own death warrant. And yet, while Winston’s varicose vein aches, while panic overtakes him, he writes himself to death by the unshakable urge to have a world to himself, to have words to himself, to have a private place. Winston dies for this unreachable place, for his privacy.
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