What Would George Orwell Think of Google?

By Leslie Shapiro
|  Thursday, Nov 12, 2009  |  Updated 6:45 PM EDT
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What Would George Orwell Think of Google?

What would George Orwell say about Google?

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Thanks to Google, most people know who Eric Arthur Blair is. Doesn't ring a bell?

You might know him better by his pen name, George Orwell. You know — 1984, Animal Farm? The question is, if he were alive today, what would he think of Google, and its power to spread information — sometimes very personal — to anyone who can type? Would he have a Facebook page or a Twitter account? Or would he be writing furiously (on paper), protesting that they're all evil forces of dystopian ruin?

In today's world of webcams, social networking and tweets, have we traded away our right to privacy in return for fun and convenience? And after willingly and knowingly surrendering our privacy online, do we have any right to know what someone is doing with our private information?

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