Britain under Surveillance

Big Brother is Watching You (Again): Britain under Surveillance
Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of British Cultures
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 17-19 November 2011

“Datavaillance,” Facebook and CCTV – it sometimes seems that we live in a world of total observation. Whether walking the streets of London (or many other major cities) or navigating the virtual environment of the internet, most of our movements and actions are potentially open to inspection and evaluation by unknown others. Perhaps the epithets “Orwellian” and “panoptical” – habitually applied to describe our experience of the present – are not entirely unwarranted.

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