Oblgatory drunken post
I'm wasted off of real, Northern ales so bear with me.
You know wghat's the worst? People who accuse security cameras of being 'Orwellian'.
I mean, I assume that they're talking about 1984, the scariest novel in existance IMO. Clearly they're referencing the telescreens, trying to sound clever by referring to a classic pieve of modern literature. And OK, the novel features surveilence quite prominently - of course it does. You can't have a horrifyingly totalitarian regime if it doesn't watch its citezens, to make sure they're following orders. It's pointless.
Surveilence is a necessity for Orwell's novel to work - it isn't something which inevitably results in totalitarianism. Totalitarianism requires surveilence, true, but it also requires basic competence, something which modern government is clearly lacking.
The really annoying thing here is that 1984 contains many themes which are completely relevant today, most notably the persuit of power for its own sake rather than as a means through which to better society. The fact that people insist on reducint it to no more than a paranoid cricicism of CCTV is nothing short of bullshit.
Anyway, I'm a bit drunk, so don't worry if my points aren't that well argued. But please don't reduce a fantastic work of 20th century literature to a superficial criticism of security cameras. It's unjust. I'm back off to drink for another nine hours.