Originally Posted by baja
It portrayed a horribly oppressive world but grossly underestimated the technology. If they ever complete their take over we are fked
It was set in 1984. I think you mean he overestimated the technology.
I'm not saying that we're just now reaching the point where the government can listen in to the extent portrayed in the novel...considering the first voice recognition tech became publicly available in the late 90s, this has likely been going on since the early 90s or earlier, even, which is why I don't really get the surprise a lot of people have.
But I suggest you re-read the novel...some of the stuff in there we don't even have yet, and definitely didn't have 30 years ago.