Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sales of '1984' are up 5,700% because, government surveillance

News broke last week that the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been collecting phone records and accessing data from nine major tech companies.

Sales of '1984' are up 5,700% because, government surveillance

Screenshot via "1984"

News broke last week that the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been collecting phone records and accessing data from nine major tech companies. As we learn more about whistleblower Edward Snowden and the PRISM program, it seems people are anxious to study up on what it's like living with an Orwellian government flipping through their records and breathing down their necks.

That might explain why sales of George Orwell's 1984 are up 5,771% on Amazon. The book about omnipresent government surveillance and rebellion against such a governing state has climbed to the fourth spot on Amazon's "Movers & Shakers" list. It had previously held the 12,507th spot on the Best Sellers list.

But, some of that jump could be attributed to the anniversary of the novel's first publication June of 1949.

Quick, someone make sure that no one's trying to kidnap Natalie Portman! [h/t Washington Examiner]

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