From Adam's list on dystopia that foresee a frightening future.
What kind of dystopian author would I be if I hadn’t read 1984, the seminal novel about a surveillance society? I’ll be honest: the book drags a bit in the middle. However, Orwell’s shocking future—in which everyone is under constant observation—was so prescient that it still comes up in tech policy conversations about privacy and surveillance today. I also greatly enjoyed this British author’s knack for irony, such as his contradictory names for government departments. There is a Ministry of Truth that spreads propaganda and a Ministry of Love that uses fear to compel loyalty. Classic!
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What is this book about?
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU . . .
1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party's power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party's department for propaganda, Winston Smith's job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair. As he writes the words 'DOWN WITH BIG…