Book sales for George Orwell’s 1984, about a totalitarian government with the ever-watching eye of “Big Brother,” have skyrocketed in the wake of the National Security Administration (NSA) Prism surveillance scandal in the United States, reports the York Daily Record.
Albeit, the U.S. government isn’t quite to the point of Orwell’s dystopian classic, the issue has become quite relevant again. 1984 is not the only futuristic horror novel that saw a sales surge. Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 increased in its rank as well as Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
While former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked the information on the programs, may be channeling 1984’s main character, Winston Smith, who works in the Ministry of Truth, President Obama has defended the surveillance program.
“In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother and how this is a potential program run amok, but when you actually look at the details, then I think we’ve struck the right balance,” Obama said.
So what do you think? Is “Big Brother” watching you?