Last week, sales of George Orwell’s classic ’1984′ jumped more than 9500 percent. Media reports suggest it had a lot to do with the recent leak about the NSA’s mass surveillance programme code-named PRISM. While clocks are yet to strike thirteen, there are strong parallels between recent developments and Orwell’s dystopia of a constantly-monitored citizenry, a state locked in perpetual war and an inner party consisting of two percent of the populace. And thus, ’1984′ may be serving as a proxy narrative that helps people understand what it means to be watched in their own living-rooms.
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