“They can’t get inside you,” she had said. But they could get inside you. “What happens to you here is forever,” O’Brien had said. That was a true word. There were things, your own acts, from which you could never recover.

Nation of slaves, indeed. Spending your adulthood fearing the potential job you might not get because of something you posted on the Internet once, what a life. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a Facebook Like button…

I had a friend who worked for Pitney Bowes once. She told me with great amusement how she actually got called in to talk with her bosses regarding some concerns they had… over some community college courses she was taking. On her own time. With her own money. They truly felt they had a right to dictate to their employees how they spent their time off the job.

You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves.