Dystopia and dysaguria on the fourth birthday of the GDPR’s application

Several years ago, a photo was widely shared on social media showing a CCTV camera outside 22 Portobello Road, George Orwell’s first London home. The image had been created by artist and photographer Steve Ullathorne, as part of his series Restyles of the Dead and Famous, in which he tweaked images of homes of the dead and famous. Here’s the dystopian image as shared:

CCTV outside Orwell's house

Last week, in a similar vein, Annabel Rothschild, a PhD student at Georgia Tech, tweeted another piece of performance art, a dysagurian image of the same front with a corporate surveillance device beside the door:

Amazon Ring doorbell outside Orwell's house

Oh, and happy birthday GDPR (earlier posts here and here).