I bet you automatically thought, is watching you, after reading the title.
You were correct.
The slogan, “Big Brother is Watching You” from George Orwell’s creepy dystopian classic 1984 is ingrained in pop culture.
Big Brother is also a reality TV series in many countries.
And the bleak reality of our lives. We may have believed governments listening in on citizens and each other was Cold War stuff, that is was an unusual occurrence. Turns out, not so much.
Big Brother is actually watching and listening to you.
Now everyone is listening and watching.
We’re fascinated by what people are talking about, if only to shred it.
Big Brother is one of the few reality shows I watch.
And yes, I’m aware it’s about as realistic as a politician telling the truth.
I watched it the first season, when my son was young. I wanted something relaxing and it seems harmless enough. Little did I know. Apparently watching people acting idiotic is addictive, weirdly entertaining, and even engrossing.
These people know they’re being filmed. They know it.
Yet they say and do stuff I have to hope no one in their right mind would normally do and they justify their actions, saying it’s a game. Hmmm, the old the ends justify the means defense.
It’s a giant social experiment put on TV.
I would never be surprised to see researchers in lab coats attaching electrodes to their heads or other body parts.
People get in that house and they lie and cry, strategize and pulverize.
They dish and swish, become BFFs, mortal enemies, and frenemies within minutes.
They have showmances and bromances.
Whine, complain, laugh, manipulate, ingratiate…basically act like basket cases all for a brief shiny moment of fame and a slim chance to win some money.
To give them credit they’re also cut off from the world (although in some cases that might be a bonus).
They have no family, no friends, no support system, no news, no cell phones, no TV, no internet, no cars…they’re trapped with strangers who they would never pick as friends, yet now they’re counting on them for their very survival, figuratively speaking. And they’re being broadcast around the world.
Bikini-wearing lab rats. Tattooed, muscle-bound guinea pigs. Scrawny laboratory whiners. And of course, the token gay and token old person.
Really, Orwell‘s Doublethink, “…the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them” works perfectly in so many situations, government, religion, technology, relationships, news, reality (such as it is). And of course politicians have mastered doublespeak.
Would I go in the #BigBrotherHouse? I don’t know, but never say never. Would you?
So whether it’s the government watching its people, or other countries, or each other…
Or us watching total strangers on TV…
Or watching each other on the internet…
Remember one thing, just cause you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not surveilling you.
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.” ~George Orwell (Eric Blair)