Anyone familiar with the Snowden/NSA story has no doubt read an article in which a journalist has compared the NSA to Big Brother in George Orwell's novel "1984." It's a metaphor with legs (is that a meta-metaphor?). Mr. Berlatsky points out that 1984 is not a book that paints the most relevant picture of the current government-sanctioned surveillance of the citizenry. He argues that other works do. He even goes so far as to say that 1984 can "enslave thought." I think he may be referring to the phenomenon of journalists who repeat what other journalists have already tweeted or written, even after a statement has been found to be unsupported by the facts. On The Media is all over this case.
On to the text set, culled from the article. A caveat: this text set might not be appropriate for scaffolding.
- Phillip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
- Franz Kafka, The Trial
- Arun Kundnani, The Muslims are Coming
- Maureen F. McHugh, China Mountain Zhang
to which I would add these nonfiction works: