Big Brother at 'The Village Voice'

An ‘Unlimited Right’ to Surveil

If someone out there wants to get someone here in trouble, that's the way to do it.

There's more: "Village Voice Media reserves the unlimited right to monitor, access, review, copy, or delete any message, file, or document on its e-mail, voicemail, or computer systems, including matter stored on individual computers and related media. Employees may not take any steps to prevent the Company from obtaining such access, such as changing passwords or manipulating computer programs. Routine use of 'delete' or 'trash' options is permitted, but employees should be aware that these options do not necessarily preclude access to the deleted material."

In 1984, where Big Brother was always watching, including through every television set, he convinced his serfs that War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.

The Voice at the beginning—when we weren’t under unlimited surveillance
photo: Fred W. McDarrah
The Voice at the beginning—when we weren’t under unlimited surveillance

Here now at The Village Voice, Freedom is Censorship. And Self-Censorship.

A member of the staff asked not to be cited by name as a source of indignation in this piece on the policy.

In 1958, no one could have foreseen this version of the Voice in 2000—except as a joke.

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