In the wake of recent leaks regarding the National Security Agency’s collection of data from millions of Americans’ phone and internet records, sales of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel “1984” have spiked — increasing 69 percent.
As reported by the Washington Examiner’s Charlie Spiering, the book has made a resurgence on the website’s list of Movers and Shakers, coming in at number 19. It is currently ranked 110th in sales.
Orwell’s novel was originally published in 1949 and has become a staple of the dangers of government surveillance. The dystopian society Orwell outlines is ruled by Big Brother — a figure that has seeped its way back into American minds as a looming force constantly at watch.
Last week, the Guardian reported NSA was collecting metadata from millions of Verizon customers, invoking cries of an invasion of privacy and infringement on civil liberties. Several days later, the Washington Post reveled classified documents about another program called PRISM, also run by NSA. PRISM tracks Americans’ internet activity through the servers of nine companies, including Google, Facebook and AOL.
And on the heels of these security leaks, many Americans have had the 1984-esque feeling that Big Brother is watching.
According to a Rasmussen poll, 56 percent of likely voters feel the federal government is a threat to their individual rights. And 68 percent believe the government is listening their private telephone conversations, despite President Obama’s reassurances to the contrary.
More than half of Americans — 59 percent — oppose the government’s secret collecting of phone records, another Rasmussen poll shows.
As more becomes known about the government’s data collecting programs, it makes you wonder: is Big Brother really watching?