George Orwell Was Watching Too
A CultureMap®
by Pete Hausler
Published on 7/10/13
8 TOPICS / 9 CONNECTIONS

George Orwell’s best-remembered slogan from Nineteen Eighty-Four—“Big Brother Is Watching You”—reverberates in the 21st century, as computer tracking, surveillance cameras and “security” measures infiltrate our daily lives. Commentators of every political stripe routinely fling about the adjective Orwellian, describing a government that tightly controls its citizens through intimidation and constant monitoring. This map reveals the term’s origins and offers some pop-culture examples.

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George Orwell
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Spanish Civil War

George Orwell
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Animal Farm

Animal Farm
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Darkness at Noon

Spanish Civil War
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Darkness at Noon

Animal Farm
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Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four
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Aldous Huxley

Darkness at Noon
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Aldous Huxley

Nineteen Eighty-Four
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V for Vendetta

Nineteen Eighty-Four
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Big Brother