April 25, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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This may seem like a strange choice in books. However, over dinner the other night my friends were talking about how much has changed since September 11, 2001 in terms of monitoring activity of citizens. We all know about Target's breach of confidential information which affected over one million people (1/3 of this country). We also hear frequently about the NSA (National Security Agency) accessing phone records, emails and internet usage. Although Orwell wrote "1984" as a critique of Soviet Russia, who would have thought when we first read it in High School that we'd be facing monitoring by the government as well. Back in High School it was inconceivable to imagine the technology we have today which has resulted in our lives being watched, maybe not by Big Brother but certainly by people sitting in front of computers checking databases. Now that it's been 30 years since 1984 it would be interesting to talk about the book, what we felt when we first read it, and how the world has changed (or not) from Orwell's vision. I hope this will be a stimulating conversation with opinions expressed on both the book and how we live today. Please note: meeting open only to members of this group. NO GUESTS.