Black Mirror in China.
Perhaps technocratic totalitarianism is something that is simply self-organizing - an emergent property of our transition to an entirely technologically mediated society? It reminds me of the comment by, I think, Nietzsche: "Man is a transitional being."
I wonder how this growing capacity for social behavior control orchestrated via surveillance and ratings systems will mesh with the ecological emergency?
It seems society should be monitoring the health of ecosystems rather than tracking the behaviour of disruptors and dissidents - particularly as disruptors and dissidents are the ones who bring meaningful change to society.
According to Teilhard de Chardin, humanity's eventual destiny is to unite as a "harmonised collective," a noosphere.
Who doesn't sense the evolutionary pressures from many directions are pushing us toward some kind of transmutation, bifurcation or perhaps just catastrophic system failure?
Certainly a cyborg 1984 society where people have no free will at all would be a kind of system failure, in terms of our human experience and subjectivity.
It feels like a race between systems of control and systems of cooperation, with control far ahead in the race at this point.