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Guy Fawkes and Alexa Walk into a Bar . . .

. . . and only one walks out.

J.P. Williams

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Guy Fawkes by Charles Gogin, ca. 1870. Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta is a classic of anarchist literature. One of the aspects of the story that chilled me is the extent of the surveillance state, which relies on “vi-recorders,” the graphic novel’s equivalent of the telescreens in George Orwell’s 1984 and the glass houses of Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We. Of course, security cameras have been around for a long time, and the scale of surveillance by the government and corporations is much larger now due to the Internet, big data and the willing participation of the masses who can’t give up their privacy fast enough. It’s increasingly hard to find free spaces, but you don’t have to invite Alexa into your home, and if she’s already in, you can always smash that piece of shit to itsy-bitsy pieces.

Note: I wrote this for Medium.com. If you are reading this on another platform, it has been pirated. I quit the Medium Partner Program, so I’m not doing this for money. It is nice, however, to know someone’s reading, so please clap or comment to let me know somebody’s out there. Gladius adhuc lucet.

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J.P. Williams

I usually write about the intersection of arts and ideas. Right now, mostly lighter, shorter pieces on whatever I feel like.