Old George Orwell got it backward.
Big Brother isn’t watching.
He’s singing and dancing.
He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat.
Big Brother’s busy holding your attention
Every moment you’re awake.
He’s making sure you’re always distracted.
He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed.
He’s making sure your imagination withers.
Until it’s as useful as your appendix.
He’s making sure your attention is always filled.
And thus being fed, it’s worse than being watched.
With the world always filling you,
No one has to worry about what’s in your mind.
With everyone’s imagination atrophied,
No one will ever be a threat to the world.
Excerpted from Lullaby.