The term "specter of big brother" does it mean being under the watchful eye of the government? Just curious because its a question that came up in one of my homework assignments (college class). If you know what it means do you know where the term originated from? Thanks!
Answer by pinkgemini85 at 2:37 PM on Sep. 1, 2009
Answer by samurai_chica at 2:23 PM on Sep. 1, 2009
Well I'm not entirely sure it means that someone is being monitored by being brother, or that they themselves believe that they are, and that the belief that "big brother" is watching their every move haunts their mind.
I just find the use of the word "specter" interesting.
Answer by SRiveroC at 2:46 PM on Sep. 1, 2009
I have always taken it to be an allusion to George Orwell's novel 1984. I'm sure you've read this, but the Big Brother of the novel was the fear of the government having control of every aspect of your life which included: work, words, history, thoughts, memories, enjoyment especially sexual desire and love. Everything was under the "specterof big brother". If you even attempted to disprove anything, you were sent to reeducation, and at the moment of death, you gave in and declared that Big Brother is all good, all knowing! This was Orwell's fear. His vision may have been a little extreme, but the concept is plausible. Check out any communist/socialist country.
Answer by jesse123456 at 2:50 PM on Sep. 1, 2009
Answer by waldorfmom at 2:51 PM on Sep. 1, 2009
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