[ExI] Big Media is turning into Big Brother

spike at rainier66.com spike at rainier66.com
Tue Nov 9 14:53:09 UTC 2021

-----Original Message-----
...> On Behalf Of BillK via extropy-chat
Cc: BillK <pharos at gmail.com>

>...‘We just want to nudge you towards cleaner, healthier ways of living’
sounds better than ‘We want to re-engineer your thoughts and habits to bring them into line with what we consider to be correct moral behaviour’....

>...Remember - Big Brother knows best what is good for you!



BillK, is this just now coming to Britain?  We have been doing that in the colonies since always.  The popular press mostly instigated the war which broke us away from Britain to start with.  Our current cultural civil war is being fueled by the popular press.  Freedom of the press means that cannot be stopped.

Regarding Big Brother, I was thinking about something on which you might have insights.  George Orwell was a British guy who wrote his most important work in the late 40s.  By that time, he would perhaps recognize that the biggest audience was in the states.  The USA is really tuned into the notion of growing government power and influence, which is why the constitution is written the way it is.  70 years later, Orwell novels are literature classics, being studied in American high schools to this day (thank you, may your memory live forever St. George.)

BillK, or anyone else, do you suppose Orwell himself realized he was writing novels specifically to appeal to Americans?  If so, it worked.


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