Big Brother

Are they watching us?

We are all aware of public places where we're being watched, presumably for crime-prevention reasons. But with the development of digital technologies (cellphones, etc.), "Big Brother's" reach has grown, recording our movements—and our conversations—in a surprising amount of places. The news has tried to make us aware by informing us to cover our computer webcams, and educating us about our updated smart phones, which are easy trackers for our “Big Brothers” to know our every move.

"Big Brother is becoming more and more intrusive in our private lives and until something is done to scale it back or eliminate it, it's only going to get worse,” retorts David Bakke, Money Crashers Tech Expert.

But what and who are the Big Brothers?

According to Wikipedia: Big Brother is a fictional character and symbol in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. He is ostensibly the leader (either the actual enigmatic dictator or perhaps a symbolic figurehead) of Oceania, a totalitarian state wherein the ruling Party wields total power "for its own sake" over the inhabitants.

In the society that Orwell describes, every citizen is under constant surveillance by the authorities, mainly by tele-screens (with the exception of the Proles). The people are constantly reminded of this by the slogan "Big Brother is watching you": a maxim which is ubiquitously on display. In modern culture the term "Big Brother" has entered the lexicon as a synonym for abuse of government power, particularly in respect to civil liberties, often specifically related to mass surveillance.