My question/remark isn't necassarily about the book as a literary work but more about the countless, and evergrowing, obvious similarities between the "future" Orwell wrote about and our present day lives. I'll list a few basic parallels and hope for responses either to dispute my observations or to add some I have missed.
1. Much like the Telescreens, we have more and more CCTV cameras in public places to monitor our activities. In England the cameras have speakers on them so that the "authorities" can talk to (or yell at ) the people on the street to tell them to do things (i.e. "You there in the green shirt, Stop running!" -and soon-"You with the cigarette, you are smoking in an unauthorized zone! Please stand by as an officer will meet you shortly with your fine. Thank-you"
2. "We have always been at war with..." - *edit*
3. Thought Crimes are much like our hate speech and hate crime laws. *edit*
4. Our modern technology makes it possible for any would be "Big Brothers" to go well beyond what Orwell imagined. Implantable microchips that track your every move, paperless monetary systems where one's account can be erased and the individual made destitute in an instant, digital voting machines that can be extesively tampered with no oversite so as to only give the illusion of democracies to keep the masses docile, countless mood altering drugs overprescribed becoming the norm for both adults as well as children, etc. etc.
I'm very curious to see what any/all of you think about this subject