Henry Jenkins and his explanations of Convergence Culture was one of my first introductions to my Communication and Media Degree.
And since that first viewing, in a stuffy lecture hall in 2012, I have watched the video, blogged about the topic and referenced him countless times.
“George Orwell imagined a world where Big Brother was watching us, but we instead, with little cellphone cameras, are watching Big Brother every moment of the day.”
But are we?
I wrote an article (the first blog I ever published) about Orwell’s 1984 and how “Big Brother isn’t just looking at us through a telescreen anymore – We have him on Skype!” (Don’t judge me it was a while ago. And it is taking all my energy to not go back and edit, or even delete, those early attempts at writing.)
But now I have to think more critically. Just because we have the ability to spy on and critic the bigwigs (government, business, big pharma) doesn’t mean we do. And for the few people who are taking advantage of the technology available to us, many more are victims to it.
Am I being overly dramatic?
It sounds silly, right? Why should we care if we are personally targeted by marketers. And google remembering your previous searches so you don’t have to type the whole link is great. Our information is just part of a database along with everyone else’s information. Does it matter?
And while it can be convenient that new bill that everyone is talking about means police, government, businesses, and potentially anyone, can find out all about what you are doing online. And I don’t really want my google searches going public… Let alone all the information about your life that can be pieced together when examining all of your metadata. Even 24 hours can be revealing.
2012 Emily may have been on the right track. But did she really get it?
We may be on Skype with Big Brother, but he also has a wire tap on our computer, mobile and tablet.