Quote:From Pat SaJack's (host of wheel of fortune) website http://www.patsajak.com/news.php?view=says
George Orwells 1984, the frightening tale of a totalitarian society led by Big Brother, was inaccurate in at least three major respects: first, the time frame was too early by about twenty years; second, Big Brother is not a product of totalitarianism, but of freedom; and third, he is not an agent of government. We are Big Brother. And, make no mistake: we are watching!
Thanks to cell phone cameras, email and Internet sights such as YouTube, we have become self-appointed spies keeping close watch on everything our neighbors do. It isnt the government surreptitiously taking pictures in our public bathrooms and posting them; its our fellow citizens. It isnt the government using unauthorized recordings of private events and streaming the videos around the world; its our fellow citizens. It isnt our government making people reluctant to exercise their right of free speech; its our fellow citizens.
This Brave New World has come about without any deliberation or debate, and there is absolutely no recourse. If this were a government-generated issue, we could respond with our votes or even with a revolution. But against whom do we rise up? We have moved into a world where anyone can hide behind an anonymous screen name and spread the most vile untruth in a matter of seconds; where the wall of privacy is no match for the penetrating camera built into a strangers cell phone; and where lives, fortunes, careers and reputations can be destroyed with the click of a mouse.
Its especially ironic that governments, once presumed to be the most likely progenitors of Big Brother, must now, like the rest of us, cower under the threat of his power.
Were all performers in a giant Reality TV show--whether we asked to be in the cast or not. We have, almost without noticing it, lost our right to private conversations and private actions. Defenders of this new Big Brother speak of exposing hypocrisy and making people accountable for their words and actions. They talk of shining the light of truth into the darkest corners of the world. Their self-righteousness is breathtaking.
We should have been asking questions all along, and examining consequences, especially the unintended kind. Instead, we were enthralled by the ease of email and the cool, new technologies. We forgot that the temptation of governments to overreach and intrude is caused, in great measure, by their very ability to do so. We all have that ability now, and that means there is absolutely no place for Winston Smith to hide.
We are watching.
Don't ask me why im researching Mr. Sajak but... Let me know what you guys think this little statement he put up on his website really means, and who he is pointing the fingers at. To me, it sounds like the American people. Is he a puppet or merely seeking the truth?
On a off chance I'll post this here too.. Does anyone out there collect or record wheel of fortune shows? I would love to go over any archives anyone has out there. Part of a little project I'm doing trying to stitch some footage together for a video. If they are on VHS, thats fine I can xfer them myself if necessary; if they are in digital format, even better! Looking for higher resolution clips than those available on you tube / google video.
If you have a really large collection, maybe we can come to some sort of agreement after I explain what we're doing.
Also, if anyone knows of somebody who has a good voice impersonization of Pat Sajack and would like to work with me on some voice overs for a viral viral video project let me know as well. (no money for this gig yet)
Email me firstname.lastname@example.org