Is it 2012 or “1984”?

Today, I was hacked. I knew this because my friends were asking me why I wanted them to buy products I wouldn’t normally be recommending. Also, they got emails from me that started with the word, “greetings.” This is not something I usually put in my email.

This got me thinking about the book, “1984” which I read as a Senior in high school. In case you’re not familiar with “1984”, it’s a book by George Orwell written in 1949 .The main character is Winston Smith who lives in Oceania.

Mr. Smith longs for freedom of thought, something he doesn’t get in Oceania. He has people watching him at his home on big screens, and everywhere he goes. He finally finds some refuge in a quaint old shop that he discovers. However, his refuge turns into a trap. In the end, he doesn’t mind thinking like everyone else.

You have to give kudos to Orwell because his vision was right on the mark. First of all, we’re all dependant on computers, and smart phones. Our TV’s aren’t spying on us yet, but it isn’t inconceivable in the near future.

Let’s face it, dishonest people have been around since the beginning of time, and they’re not going to go anywhere. I’m wondering who the hackers are. Are they teenagers with nothing better to do? Or are they just your average guy or girl who want to make a buck? It could be just about anybody. It could be one of my contemporaries.

I’ve read  that hackers are a good thing because they keep everyone else on their toes and keeps the security systems up-to-date. I guess reformed hackers are a valuable resource.

When doing a little research, I found an amazing coincidence: Mark Zuckerberg was born in 1984. The genius of this guy is a little scary. I hope he doesn’t go crazy and give passwords away to everyone. I do love Facebook so, “thank you” Mark.

As for Google, I guess they’re already documenting everyone’s likes and dislikes.

English: Mark Zuckerberg, Founder & CEO of Fac...

Mark Zuckerberg

Kind of like the thought police, or “Big Brother,” the organization that keeps tabs on everyone in “1984.”

Now that the word is out, you can’t go backwards. I like the newest technology. It’s a terrific thing, but it is something to watch. I guess watch it before it watches you!

What do you think?

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