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Julian Sanchez: On Fiction and Surveillance
At this year’s PEN World Voices Festival, the panel Life in the Panopticon: Thoughts on Freedom in an Era of Pervasive Surveillance explored the role of surveillance technologies in our lives. Here we publish the opening remarks by moderator Julian Sanchez, a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute. In insightful, carefully measured prose, Sanchez identifies the complex interplay between fiction and surveillance today.
Photo © Susan Morgan / PEN American Center
(via PEN.org » Blog Archive Julian Sanchez: On fiction and surveillance)

Julian Sanchez: On Fiction and Surveillance

At this year’s PEN World Voices Festival, the panel Life in the Panopticon: Thoughts on Freedom in an Era of Pervasive Surveillance explored the role of surveillance technologies in our lives. Here we publish the opening remarks by moderator Julian Sanchez, a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute. In insightful, carefully measured prose, Sanchez identifies the complex interplay between fiction and surveillance today.

Photo © Susan Morgan / PEN American Center

(via PEN.org » Blog Archive Julian Sanchez: On fiction and surveillance)

Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 Are Up 5,000 Percent on Amazon

Sales of one particular edition of George Orwell’s dystopian classic are up some 5,000 percent on Amazon.com in the past 24 hours, according to the site’s list of “movers and shakers.” The figure was as high as 7,000 earlier today… And in fact, there is at least one concerted activist campaign asking people to buy the book and send it to their representatives in Washington.

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Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 Are Up 5,000 Percent on Amazon

Sales of one particular edition of George Orwell’s dystopian classic are up some 5,000 percent on Amazon.com in the past 24 hours, according to the site’s list of “movers and shakers.” The figure was as high as 7,000 earlier today… And in fact, there is at least one concerted activist campaign asking people to buy the book and send it to their representatives in Washington.

credit: colindunn

(Source: Slate)

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Sales of 1984 have spiked, it’s a favorite in the “Taksim Square Book Club” (below)— here’s George Orwell on what Animal Farm really meant:

"Of course I intended it primarily as a satire on the Russian revolution. But I did mean it to have a wider application in so much that I meant that that kind of revolution (violent conspiratorial revolution, led by unconsciously power-hungry people) can only lead to a change of masters.” 

Read the full article from The New York Review of Books. 

photo: Al Jazeera, Taksim Square Book Club. 

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We need your literary quotes on surveillance!

PEN American Center has been invited to submit a Friend of the Court brief in support of a lawsuit challenging the recently-disclosed National Security Agency telephone metadata collection program.
In our brief, we want to concentrate specifically on the impact of surveillance on free expression and creative freedom, drawing on the long and rich history of literature on the subject. Time is short, and WE NEED YOUR HELP! 
Send us your favorite quotes and passages from writers and thinkers on surveillance to info@pen.org.

credit: kobo

We need your literary quotes on surveillance!

PEN American Center has been invited to submit a Friend of the Court brief in support of a lawsuit challenging the recently-disclosed National Security Agency telephone metadata collection program.

In our brief, we want to concentrate specifically on the impact of surveillance on free expression and creative freedom, drawing on the long and rich history of literature on the subject. Time is short, and WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Send us your favorite quotes and passages from writers and thinkers on surveillance to info@pen.org.
credit: kobo

(Source: pen.org)