Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The telescreen: coming soon to a street near you

The Telegraph reports that:
Britain is already one of the most watched nations on earth and now "talking” CCTV cameras are to be installed in 20 areas across the country.

The loudspeakers will allow CCTV operators to bark orders at people committing anti-social behaviour.
As usual, Eric Blair was well ahead of Tony Blair:
'Smith!' screamed the shrewish voice from the telescreen. '6079 Smith W.! Yes, you! Bend lower, please! You can do better than that. You're not trying. Lower, please! That's better, comrade. Now stand at ease, the whole squad, and watch me.'

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