Prof. Bernard Harcourt (University of Chicago): Rereading George Orwell's 1984 in the Age of NSA Surveillance

Friday, April 4 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Lee Hall, 100 323 Fernow St., Clemson, SC 29634, USA

Lemon Lecture in Social, Legal, and Political Thought

Abstract: 

In the wake of the Snowden revelations, interest in George Orwell’s novel 1984 soared, leading to an exponential rise in sales. Less than a week after the first leaks were revealed by The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times reported that sales of Orwell’s book had increased by nearly 6,000%. Editorialists around the globe instantly drew the connection, and President Obama fueled the analogy, immediately referencing Orwell’s novel on 14 June 2013: “In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother and how this is a potential program run amok, but when you actually look at the details, then I think we’ve struck the right balance.” The renewed attention to 1984 has triggered a robust public debate as to whether the comparison is apt—whether Orwell’s dystopian vision accurately captures our political condition today, whether it exceeds or minimizes it, and whether it is a useful lens through which to analyze the present. This lecture will continue the conversation…

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CAAH, Philosophy and Religion

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Students

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Candice Delmas

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cdelmas@clemson.edu

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