Orwell gave us a warning, not a fucking blueprint

OK so I’m a little late getting to this and you may well have seen it before, but today I was introduced to one of the most chilling billboard adverts I’ve seen. It’s old now (from 2002), but that still doesn’t change the message it is attempting to convey. Have a look for yourselves:

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That’s not an ironic propaganda poster, it’s an actual poster posted outside a London bus stop. Supposedly it was designed to “assuage people’s fear of travelling on public transport”, but according to privacy advocates it has had the opposite effects.

And it’s easy to see why.

Anyone who has read Nineteen Eighty-Four (and if you haven’t stop reading this and go and read that forthwith) will spot the chilling overtones of Big Brother and the police state within this image.

People need to realise that you do not fight crime by assuming everyone is a criminal. You fight crime by looking at the reasons why it occurs and addressing those causes. It seems the state is attempting to construct a modern day Panopticon across the entire country.

The worst part of it is that nobody seems to care. As long as they get their McDonalds and their cable TV and their Facebook and their state sponsored mental anaesthesia they don’t give a shit.

People NEED to start caring. They NEED to start giving a damn about this, and they NEED to fucking educate themselves as to why scrutinising every aspect of their lives is not a good thing.

But they won’t.

Read more: http://www.wired.com/politics/security/news/2002/11/56152#

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