Survey: Many Americans say 'Big Brother' is here

Survey: Many Americans say 'Big Brother' is here

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A picture taken on May 11, 2011, in Paris shows a woman looking at a still frame taken from a surveillance camera, and released on the Italian RAI TV website, of Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes, a man suspected of murdering his family, withdrawing cash from an ATM in Roquebrune-sur-Argens on April 14. French authorities issued an international arrest warrant on May 10, 2011 for Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes, suspected of murdering his wife and four children before going on the run. AFP PHOTO THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on June 13, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 13 at 10:30 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- There's little wonder why George Orwell's novel "1984" is seeing a resurgence in sales.

   More than half of Americans polled in a survey released Thursday said they agreed with the statement "We are really in the era of Big Brother."

   The survey from the University of Southern California was conducted last year, before recent revelations of large-scale, secret government surveillance programs. Yet it found that 35 percent of respondents agreed that "There is no privacy, get over it."

   The survey by the USC Annenberg School's Center for the Digital Future has polled more than 2,000 U.S. households about their Internet and technology use each year since 1999. There was no survey in 2011.

   It found that 86 percent of Americans use the Internet, up from 82 percent in 2010.
 

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