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2044: The Problem isn't Big Brother. It's Big Brother, Inc. Paperback – April 29, 2009
About the Author
Eric Lotke writes from the heart of the progressive political movement. He has published policy reforms and organized campaigns for change. An attorney with a Masters in Philosophy, Eric has taught law school classes and flushed every toilet in the D.C. Jail. He lives with his wife and children in Arlington, Va.
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Top Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this novel. The pace is fast, the characters are compelling, the message is haunting, and the punch is hard. Lotke extrapolates to a world where employees are reduced to productivity obsessed units of production. A smaller and smaller number of increasingly consolidated multinational corporations monitor, manipulate, pressure, and control its employees and customers.
Today, we rationalize our commitment to long work weeks with language, such as spending "quality" time with our friends and family. However in Lotke's world, we don't even try. Normal social interactions are a distant memory -- part of our antiquated past left by the wayside on the steady march in the name of progress. Instead, we pledge loyalty to the corporation and willingly sacrifice our fleeting leisure time to complete the next project like a workforce of Bill Murrays trapped in a really scary version of Ground Hog Day.
Like Orwell, Lotke relies heavily on exaggeration; however, after reading the book, one cannot help but notice things at work in a different (more jaded) light. On a similar note, I just saw a phenomenal documentary, Food, Inc. (a must see) where the alleged behavior of today's Monsanto Corporation is no less alarming than Lotke's fictionalized Microtech Corporation. Unfortunately, glimmers of 2044 are already here in 2009.
I'm very interested in seeing what Lotke sees in his crystal ball for 2084...
(and btw: I read mine on a Kindle with no formatting issues at all!)
See also The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too
Incidentally, this book should be picked up by an aspiring (or even better, by an established) screenwriter and movie-maker, and turned into a full-length feature film!