For those of you that don’t know, the title to this post is a reference to the government slogan in the Orwellian classic 1984. In the novel, the protag, Winston Smith struggles to survive in a world gone crazy with the government watching your every move. Ever wonder where the term Big Brother came from? This is it!
If you haven’t been following news about our Brit friends across the pond, seems that the UK Met Office is determined to make 1984 a reality.
Did you know that London has the most “street cameras” (also called CCTVs) per capita than any other city?
Yesterday, I read an article over on Boing Boing that highlights a set of new flyers the Met Office is distributing that encourages people to spy on their neighbors, rifle through their trash, and report any other “suspicious” activities.
Today, Cory Doctorow (who wrote Little Brother, a novel that dives into the “Big Brother is watching” theme) highlighted quite a few remixed flyers from readers around the world. Some of them are pretty cool and point out the fallacies of the “spy on your neighbor” attitude that the British fuzz wants the public to adopt. Others are just plain hilarious.
Here is my attempt (click for a larger view)…
We have not gone this far in much of the US yet. But the NY is well on it’s way (especially after 9/11). How soon will other cities follow?