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17 July, 2013

The Eye of Sauron and Modern Surveillance

Georgia Tech's Aaron Santesso (together with his colleague David Rosen) recently published an essay, "The Eye of Sauron Is the Modern Surveillance State," in SLATE:

What can literary fiction teach us about recent revelations that the National Security Agency has aggressively been gathering massive amounts of data on American citizens? The novel one usually turns to, of course, is George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, with its terrifying vision of the Thought Police. Even President Obama, in response to questions about the NSA, has beenforced to deny that the government has engaged in “Big Brother” tactics. Orwell’s book, however, isn’t the most compelling or accurate literary prediction of modern surveillance. That award goes to a less obvious title: J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. READ the FULL TEXT HERE.