The presence of massive television screens in 60 British townships and cities was, initially, an effort to bring the London hosted 2012 summer Olympics to the masses. There was, apparently, a bit of an Orwellian catch however. Britain, already arguably one of the planets most surveilled societies, takes another step into Orwellia as the government has apparently mandated these massive screens will be a mainstay and will operate for as many as 18 hours each day. Author Ross Clark:
It is promised that besides showing news the screens will be used to promote culture; that they will be “digital canvases for local artists, film-makers and students”. But there is an ulterior motive, given away by Bob Belam, of Waltham Forest council. The screens, he said, would be used to “provide important information and will be able to get out messages about antisocial behaviour”.They are less about entertaining us than about control – another part of the Orwellian machinery of the modern British city. It isn’t hard to imagine how they will be used: “We are interrupting coverage to remind you that bathing in the fountains is prohibited.”How long now until Big Ben strikes 13?