Big Brother Is Watching
Bob Aul

Big Brother Is Watching

You are the bazillionaire cable-TV company who emailed a warning early one morning that I had committed copyright theft. Apparently, a "third party" doing "random" IP monitoring discovered I'd downloaded an entire season of a show I have never seen. That seemed bizarre until I mentioned the email to a Middle Eastern college student renting a room from me. He apologized, 'fessing up that he thought he had legally downloaded the program from a site in his home country (a U.S. ally). The next day, while preparing something for work related to 9/11, I temporarily lost control of my computer as my cursor returned to the top of the document and scanned each word I had written. I'm watching you, too, Big Brother.

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