In 1984 whilst attending secondary school I read and was deeply affected by George Orwells ‘Nineteen Eighty Four” written in 1948 and published 1949 forecasting much of what we are now experiencing in a contemporaneous society.
George Orwell for me provided answers to the jigsaw of life with ‘Animal Farm’ also on our reading list. I recall also reading during that year Aleksnadr’s Solzhenitsyn’s ‘The Gulag Archipelago’ [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Solzhenitsyn ] prompting me to consider social action as a lifelong mission.
We now live in George Orwell’s satirical fantasy and it seems also Aldous Huxley’s ‘Animal farm’. In fact ‘The Circle’ by Dave Eggers is even now a bygone concept at Google has released plans to develop the ‘Google Clip’. The panopticon is what we live and try to breathe in.