Among creative works, apparently prophetic, you might have missed the BBC tv drama, “Blake’s Seven”, a political science fiction series which came out in 1978 (before computers and wholesale surveillance).
You will feel immediately at home with the opening scene, a surveillance camera, overlooking strangely tranquillised pedestrians (the imagined future has a medicated water supply), against a background of hypnotic Muzak.
I don’t wish to spoil the story for you, and accepting that it was a typically creaky BBC Sci-fi production, which does indeed look dated, it was remarkably accurate in some of its predictions.
The black-clad militarised police who shoot first and make excuses later look like clones of the USA riot police or SWAT teams.
The ubiquity of computers and computer records, although the sophistication of our present computers was missed. The series accurately predicted the ease with which computer records and other kinds of evidence could be faked.
But the story revolves around the hero Blake, a dissident who was captured by the authorities and subjected to a brainwashing so sophisticated that he denies that it ever happened. His brain has not only been “washed” but false memories have been implanted that he thinks are real.
As do the false memory-implanted children who testify that Blake is a dangerous paedophile.
A treat to watch as you recognise things that did not exist in the 1970’s but which are commonplace today.
And the sinister, secretive, fascist world government may not be so far away.