(Via All That’s Interesting, HT: Oliver Burkeman)
Funny. Is it really ironic though?
@joshua — I think so. My guess is that Orwell would be simultaneously amused and appalled.
Hmm, I have to wonder if the person who put the sign there understood the irony.
If Orwell were alive today, he’d be appalled by the amount of surveilance, allegiance, and censorship. I read an article in The Denver Post not long ago adressing this very topic. The traffic cameras, among other things, and now the loyalty oath that GOP members are being made to take in Florida is outrageous. What next? Not being allowed to write a book that doesn’t follow certain guidelines?
ya can’t make this stuff up!!
Not long ago I ran a stoplight in Boulder, CO, in a rental car and later received a traffic ticket by mail with a photo (taken from a camera mounted on the stoplight) of me running the light!
After living in Barcelona I find it doubly ironic. The Catalans are very private people and really don’t appreciate ‘others’ knowing their business. So Big Brother watching is strange. Although with the rise in pick-pocketing there it doesn’t surprise me.
Anyone familiar with this particularly square (placa) in Barcelona will acknowledge that cameras, in this instance, are probably required.
Thanks for the laugh to end my day! George’s prediction was only about 15-20 years off.
Very cool sign!
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