2014 is the New 1984

George Orwell image from Wikipedia

Yesterday’s revelation by the Guardian that the US government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it refused to hand over user data to the National Security Agency does little to comfort citizens worried about the mythical transparency of the current administration, but should raise the standing of Yahoo.com among those concerned about Big Brother mining their data.

In fact, Obama’s minions are cracking down on whistle blowers and otherwise closing the curtains on their activities.

Are we entering an Orwellian universe where NewSpeak transposes the meaning of words to their opposite? George Orwell‘s timing was off, but the privacy and transparency are both disappearing at an alarming rate.

Welcome to 1984.

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2 thoughts on “2014 is the New 1984

  1. In the 50’s and 60’s I read spy novels, thrillers often based on current events, or probabilities. The U.S. and U.K. spies were always digging around, agents, double agents. Currently the U.S. and Russia have more active intel than during the Cold War. So, now it’s more sophisticated with technology. But nothing new, really. Have we ever left 1984? That might be the question.

  2. They tried to collect data then; now they are collecting it. And are apparently unrepentant about doing so.

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