“People will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think,” Aldous Huxley observed, ominously portending the Digital Age that has taken hold. Since 9/11, we have entered into a new age, one in which our privacy is being eroded without our knowledge or consent, as we find our lives becoming more and more embroiled with the Internet.
Orwell’s vision of Big Brother has arrived in full, as telecommunications companies including Verizon, Google, Microsoft, and YouTube have been reported to work hand-in-hand with the NSA, while platforms like Facebook have partnered with the state of Israel to monitor posts. Just this week, Yahoo admitted to complying with a classified United States government directive, searching all of its customers’ incoming mail for specific information at the behest of the NSA and the FBI. It is not known what information officials requested other than “a set of characters.”
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