I switched on my computer this morning to check out the news. What is one of the lead stories on the BBC website? The improbably named singer Donny Tourette has escaped from the Big Brother house by jumping over a fence. This is news? Hellloooo? Who cares? I read on and learnt that this is not just any Big Brother, it’s CELEBRITY Big Brother – so the house is still full of people I’ve never heard of, with the possible exception of Leo Sayer, bless him, who can forget a man with a hairstyle that bad. How did this happen? How did we suddenly become a nation obsessed with the trite activities of a bunch of less than interesting adults caged together like monkeys in a zoo?
Orwell got it all wrong. The nightmare vision of the future is not that Big Brother is watching you, but that everyone is watching Big Brother….