Big Brother is actually the sum of its parts, in other words us all

Tuesday, 26 October, 2010

It wasn’t the prospect of an all-seeing, all-knowing Big Brother like dictator, as envisaged by George Orwell in his novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, that we had to worry about when it came to the sanctity of our privacy… rather it is our own family, friends, and even ourselves, who through the likes of smartphone cameras and social media, are to thank for the increasing public surveillance we are now subject to.

As the Internet proves every day, it isn’t some stern and monolithic Big Brother that we have to reckon with as we go about our daily lives, it’s a vast cohort of prankish Little Brothers equipped with devices that Orwell, writing 60 years ago, never dreamed of and who are loyal to no organized authority. The invasion of privacy – of others’ privacy but also our own, as we turn our lenses on ourselves in the quest for attention by any means – has been democratized.

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