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Imagine a modern retelling of George Orwell’s 1984: the protagonist, Winston Smith, writes codes offline, as his internet service provider has installed “packet sniffers”, as regulated by the government under the Patriot Act. Television gets him in a frenzy by exaggerating stereotypes of racial and religious minorities, homosexuals, and everyone else. Big Brother, the Two Minutes Hate, the Thought Police, Doublethink, and the ingratiating yet deceiving smiles of people around him erode each speck of Smith’s reality. Everything turns out to be a mere fabrication. I liked 1984 even better after a third reading. The question I kept asking myself

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