Big brother still watching


The news that ‘big brother is watching’ is old. Older than the onset of the Internet in the mid-nineties.

Older too than the title of George Orwell’s dark masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four [it was written in 1947 and published two years later].

Orwell’s dystopian and oppressive regime never quite came to pass but we are being watched nonetheless. More than ever in fact. Just ask German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

More recently employers too have joined [if you can’t beat ’em] the ‘watching’ game, increasingly making use of social networks to sound out whether a prospective employee is more likely to be a loyal teamster or a closet serial killer.

Aside from the usual CV and interview techniques, employers used to ask around, make calls and general enquiries about possible hires. These days they are finding out more and more via online profiling; snooping on Twitter and Facebook accounts.

This is a short extract from the weekly Barrtalk column, to read more click here

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