14.02 Big Brother


The term “Big Brother” is a reference to a fictional character in George Orwell's novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" (1949) and the subsequent film “Nineteen Eighty-Four” (1984). In short, Big Brother is the unseen, unknowable and mysterious dictator of Oceania, a totalitarian state which wields total power over its citizens. In the society depicted within “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, everyone is under complete and total surveillance by the authorities, namely via telescreens. Consequently, citizens are constantly reminded of this by the phrase "Big Brother is watching you". Since the publication of the book “Nineteen Eighty-Four” in 1949, the term "Big Brother" has entered the global lexicon as a synonym for abuse of government power, particularly in respect to civil liberties and mass surveillance. In reality, the term “Big Brother” is a veiled reference to the Greco-Romans who interbred with the Giants of Greenland, ultimately becoming giants themselves. In other words, “Big Brother” is a literal reference to the unseen giant-like brothers of mankind and the Roman Empire which currently rules the world with an iron fist behind a veil of secrecy in Greenland. Since 1999, the term "Big Brother" has been further popularized by the reality television series entitled "Big Brother" which currently has 52 franchises around the world