It’s ironic that the power to tap into the collective conscious through social media also gives us the power to control and judge the individuals who make up that consciousness. For those unfamiliar with the concept of Big Brother, it derives from the book 1984 by George Orwell. The story depicts a dystopian society that controls its citizens by feeding them “truth” (comprising lies) and 24/7 surveillance under the constant watch of the benign authorities (actually quite evil dictatorship).
“Yes, we have met Big Brother, the one who is always watching. And Big Brother is us.”
— Andrew Rasiej, founder of the Personal Democracy Forum
By David Carr, New York Times