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Despite Edward Snowden’s revelations, we are nowhere near Orwell’s vision of totalitarian dystopia envisioned in ‘1984’

Colls, Robert (2013) Despite Edward Snowden’s revelations, we are nowhere near Orwell’s vision of totalitarian dystopia envisioned in ‘1984’. LSE American Politics and Policy (26 Dec 2013). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

This year has seen the staggering revelations of spying by the National Security Agency on targets both domestic and international. But do these programs now mean that we live in a surveillance society akin to that prophesized by George Orwell in his novel ‘1984’? Robert Colls looks at the protagonists of both narratives – the NSA’s Edward Snowden, and the novel’s Winston Smith. He argues that both are similar in their ordinariness, but Snowden, unlike Smith, is now not alone in his efforts to uncover and overturn state snooping.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 09:22
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2019 23:18
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58396

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