What is the difference between state surveillance and the Orwellian idea of Big Brother?

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State surveillance is commonly associated with the Orwellian idea of ‘Big Brother’, that the state is an all-seeing organisation that exercises total control over people’s lives. Although social media was well before Orwell’s time, social media based surveillance provides a modern-day extension of his theory. One of the most famous examples of government surveillance via social media came during the 2011 UK riots following the death of Mark Duggan in North London. Prime Minister at the time David Cameron even insinuated that social media was the reason behind the riots. The home office...
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