Edward Snowden spilled the beans to Brian Williams to great ratings. However, he didn’t say much new and that’s consistent with his new career as IT guy cum spy. I like Brian, I really do. What’s not to like? He’s a former firefighter and h Allison Williams’ (Marnie from Girls) Dad. However, his interview only revealed two interesting things: Snowden watches a lot of The Wire reruns and he’s allegedly a spy. But c’mon, revelations?
George Orwell has a well-deserved reputation as one of the 20th Century’s greatest authors – one with a Jules Verne-like ability to predict the future. Unfortunately, his predictions turned out to be much darker than Verne’s visions of spaceships and submarines. If possible, Orwell’s are more nuanced and scarily true. If he missed anything, it was the full-implementation of Ingsoc 20 years too late.
“There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time.” – George Orwell, 1984.