CCTVIt occurred to me recently, when contemplating the word freedom and the difference between its original sense and its modern sense, just how clever and appropriate Orwell’s choice of name for Big Brother really was.

When I was 12 years old, I won a public speaking competition with a speech about the dangers of CCTV and its prevalence in the UK. It seems that things have only got worse since. The Deputy Chief-Constable of Hampshire has recently spoken out against the unnecessary use of surveillance, complaining to the BBC that the spread of CCTV cameras to rural villages was threatening to create an “Orwellian situation” and that he doesn’t think “that’s the kind of country that I want to live in.” The increasing surveillance of the UK population has also been reported by Reuters.

Published in: on May 24, 2007 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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