Mooched down to the cinema this week to see Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’ which in my opinion is a wonderful film, asks the question where did it all go wrong, both for us as individuals and society as a whole in a dehumanised digital world. When it comes to the crunch It is people that help people not screens and machines.
Th film brought to my mind two of my favourite books 1984 and Catch 22. I’ve been pondering George Orwell’s 1984 recently (amidst a germ of an idea for a future project) , with it’s four ministries of Peace, Truth, Plenty, and Love that control the lives of the people of Oceania.In the book the notion that Big Brother is watching ‘you’ is actually the reverse in essence ‘we’ watch Big Brother so addicted to the screen have we become. It is a far cleverer way of controlling people. Be very interesting to see what would happen if we had a week long national power cut.