Orwellian worries

05/03/2014 12:00 AM

05/02/2014 6:38 PM

I am a product of the ’60s (peace, love, equality) and remain very socially liberal and certainly decry the sentiments expressed by Donald Sterling.

But I am appalled that what a man says in his own house can be used against him to such a degree (and shocked that there are women who would not only be a married man’s mistress, but secretly tape that man’s conversation and sell it to a sleazy tabloid, assuming that she was the culprit and not household help).

Although federal law and some state laws, including Texas’, only require that one party be aware of the taping, I believe that California is one of the states that still require both parties be aware and consent; otherwise, there are civil and criminal consequences.

Have I lived so long that Orwell’s 1984 has come to pass, and the Thought Police are in action?

— Gay Merton,


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