Comparing the Sci-fi Tech in George Orwell’s 1984 to Modern Technology – Wired
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“We can’t know what George Orwell, author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, would think about his old neighborhood being watched by dozens of cameras. It’s not hard to make an educated guess.
But while the West is a society under surveillance, the novel’s sinister technology goes far beyond CCTV. Science fiction, like Oceania, can tailor technology to an arbitrary vision of reality. Even now, could a totalitarian government craft 1984 as Orwell described it?
Often compared to today’s ubiquitous cameras, Nineteen
Eighty-Four’s telescreens were sinister creations: huge, thin, and inherently two-way.”
Interesting article that compares the tech from George Orwell’s 1984, published in 1949, to the technology of the modern world.
- Does the Technology of Orwell’s 1984 Really Exist?
- February 5, 2008
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