Fran wrote:@ anu_ Ah yes I see where you are coming from using the word sadistic
I did not get you
Fran wrote:I think there are lots of people who lived in Stalinist Russia, Nazi Germany, Mao's China (to name but a few) who would probably disagree with your assessment of Orwell as outlining a situation ten times worse than probably it was in reality. Many of these totalitarian regimes also used children to spy and report on their parents & neighbours & children are regularly used as a means of controlling & keeping in line parents.
Really! That's horrible. I think, I should read more about these oppressive regimes, right now, my historical knowledge is not upto mark. Can you suggest some good books on the topic?
Fran wrote:by constantly offering you choices based on your previous history they are limiting your access to information
Yes, I agree with you Fran. And not just search engines, at times, I think media also creates hype on certain issues, just as a publicity stunt for promoting a certain movie or book. And, in such times, it does become difficult to distinguish make-believe from reality. I think, we should really use our common sense, and keep an open attitude so that technology remains an aid to live life easily, instead of governing our choices. Though, it is easier said than done.
But, at times, I do believe that we get short sighted, and miss the larger perspective. If one starts complaining that Mozilla is forcing him to go to a particular site, just because the browser suggests the name of that site on typing the first related letter. I think, the person is not using his own freedom to overlook the suggestions, and type out the entire site he really wishes to browse. If in 1984, Winston dared to challenge Big Brother, we in 2011 should be stronger enough to avert any such dangers to our freedom
I absolutely agree that every person should have the freedom to choose. And, to tell you the truth, I joined forum, because I really wanted to know what people really think about different authors, without being succumbed to any paid publicity stunts. And, I am enjoying the diverse opinions. If we keep voicing our choices, utilizing the intellect God has mercifully provided us with, the machines and artificial intelligence and Telescreens (
) would definitely remain where they belong to - Virtual world, and we would always be able to shut them off at our own will.