More and more people are beginning to look at their computers, wondering if someone is looking back. Samsung’s 2012 top-of-the-line plasmas and LED HDTVs offer new features never seen before. Thin includes an HD camera, twin microphones, face tracking and speech recognition. This is kind of awesome.

The problem is that people may be able to hack into your home, big brother and little brother alike. CIA director David Petraeus claims gadgets controlled by apps essentially bugs a home and they can be read via the internet – and perhaps even via radio waves from outside the home.

Earlier this year it came out that Google Phone was eavesdropping for ‘marketing’ purposes.

1984 is truly here. There is not getting around that fact. And everyone, including me, is embracing this fact in the name of ‘keeping up with the times’. Couple this with recent reports of “pre-crime technology” being used by police and hidden camera’s that can tell what you’ve ate, smoked and stepped in from up to 164 feet away and there is no denying that we live in strange times.

Behind Winston’s back the voice from the telescreen was still babbling away about pig-iron and the overfulfilment of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.