Today's antique store find: a first edition of 1984. Back then they thought a universal surveillance state would be imposed by an authoritarian govt using fear. Now we know we will submit willingly in exchange for some free web services.

@kyle which is a mix of Fahrenheit 451 with Brand New World. There people gave up their privacy for free unlimited entertainment.

@kyle It’s been a while since my read-through, but iirc, 1984 doesn’t really go into how they got to a point where the media twisted facts to match the govt’s narrative, everyone’s tv was always watching them, and blind rage against unassailable foes was a social obligation. Fear certainly kept their civilization in the hole once they jumped in though...

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