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GATHER around and let me
tell you about a time before
Married at First Sight and The
Bachelor, when reality TV was
about more than censored stran-
gers searching for love.
Big Brother is back baby,
along with its outrageous world
of turkey slaps, bum dances,
group showering and cheating
The series ran for eight sea-
sons on Channel 10, before
being canned in 2008, largely
influenced by then Prime
Minister John Howard. Channel
9 revived the show in 2012 for
three more seasons, before it
again got the chop.
Last week’s announcement
that ‘BB’ would return to our
lounge rooms in 2020 sparked
the question: Are we already liv-
ing in a Big Brother society?
Recent conversations I’ve had
have made it clear not everyone
understands where the oppres-
sive surveillance concept actu-
ally comes from.
I remember in year 11 English
studying George Orwell’s 1984,
written in 1949, that depicts
totalitarian themes becoming
more relevant every day.
The novel explores a dysto-
pian hell set in future Britain,
with every corner surveyed by
cameras and spies.
The protagonist, Winston
Smith, works as a censor for
the Ministry of Truth – the gov-
ernment division tasked with
updating history and creating
propaganda – and he and his
fellow workers are controlled
and monitored by the all-seeing
and all-knowing presence of Big
I won’t ruin the ending,
but instead of fading away, it
seems Orwell’s masterpiece
has become more relevant than
ever, as our technological world
becomes increasingly connected
and dependent on ‘big data’.
It’s concerning that when my
friends and I have conversations
about a certain product or expe-
rience, related advertisements
begin popping up on our smart-
While the omnipresent on-
screen BB appears to have been
altered for comic benefit and
lacks the oppressive control
depicted from the same figure
in the novel, I feel we have
all become contestants in this
game, as surveillance is a readily
accepted part of life.
Today social media collects
all purchases and comment we
make online and stores that data
to predict our every preference
and coax our consumer choices.
It seems we are no longer
fully in control of the decisions
we make, the websites we click,
the articles we read or the online
stores we visit.
When it comes to politics,
is the harvesting of our pref-
erences now even distorting
Perhaps instead of focusing
on the next round of house
guests and recordings of their
every move, we should be
considering our own privacy
Something to think about.
Big Brother will see you now
...WITH SARA GILLIGAN
A PHONE number in today’s Renmark
Rose Festival supplement – inserted
free inside today’s Murray Pioneer – is
The phone number for Eleni’s at Mallee
Estate should be 8595 1099.
Eleni’s phone number:
LOCALS could soon have access to a
statewide development application
process, with the State Government to
host an info session about the new code in
Berri next week.
South Australia’s new Planning and
Design Code is open for public consulta-
tion until midnight on Friday, November
The new code is set to replace 72 coun-
cil development plans currently in use
and streamline to a single set of planning
policies for assessing development appli-
cations across the state.
The Department of Planning,
Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) will
host a community information session
on the code in Berri next week.
The session will run from 3.30pm
to 5.30pm on Monday, October 14, in
Berri’s Town Hall, 19 Wilson Street.
A DPTI spokesperson said the new
code was the “cornerstone of South
Australia’s new planning and develop-
“The code will also make the planning
process quicker, simpler and more equi-
table than ever before, affording people
greater access to planning information
that is consistent and clear,” the spokes-
The State Government is expected to
introduce the code locally in April 2020.
For more information visit the SA
Planning Portal website (www.saplan-
or contact DPTI via email (DPTI.
PlanningReform@sa.gov.au) or by phone
(1800 318 102).
New planning code open for comment
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