Big Brother is You(tube)
When George Orwell talked about Big Brother in his book 1984, he made it an invention of a centralized government, meant to control the population.
Civil liberty organisations have tried over the past decades to keep that kind of invention at bay by trying to raise public awareness.
But Big Brother has come to us in a differtent guise, one we never anticipated, one in which we, and I mean you, are an active part. And I’m not the only one saying this, Time magazine seems to think so too, however they failed to see the danger and focused only on the positive.
If you take a step back, and I mean literally step back from your PC monitor, and reflect upon what is there, you might notice that Big Brother is already among us. No one believed such a massive contraption could enter our world unnoticed, but it has.
The combination of digital media recorders ( camera’s, cell phones, camcorders, … ) and free content publishing sites ( YouTube, WordPress, … ), together with all peripheral forms of digital communication ( RSS, email, SMS… ) have created a world in which every single word or action might be captured and distributed to millions of people in a matter of seconds.
When the kids of today have grown up, the world just might be a place in which social control is exerted by millions of peers, not just a couple. This can have its advantages obviously, but there will be a darker side as well. After all isn’t obey the law or be punished just the flip-side of conform or be ridiculed?
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