Emmanuel Goldstein on the tlescreens in the film version of 1984.
Emmanuel Goldstein on the tlescreens in the film version of 1984.


The average American would never dream that they were being watched by their governments. Yet, a few would (some would call them paranoid). There are conspiracy theories that the recent conversion from analog to digital televison gave the government the opportunity to spy on them. The theory states that the government planted cameras in the digital converter boxes, and now monitors everyday people as they slackjawedly watch another episode of the mind numbingly crude Family Guy (The). However, when taking into account the wire tapping controversy of the PATRIOT Act (H.R.), the idea doesn't seem so far fetched. The idea stems directly from Orwell's 1984 telescreens. In Doctorow's Little Brother, people's internet activities are monitored, as well as their physical movements. Both fiction and conspiracy theorists alike conjecture that the human race is moving closer and closer to complete totalitarianism

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