The first online shopping transaction
took place from a Gateshead living-room in 1984, sixteen years before Tesco
fully launched the web version of their stores. It didn't take place on a BBC Micro or an Acorn, but through Videotex
, a service better known by the Francophone world as Minitel
Glenn Greenwald's partner was detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours
, his mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and games consoles confiscated. Glenn Greenwald calls it a failed attempt at intimidation
. "...to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic. Even the Mafia had ethical rules against targeting the family members..."
A wise man with a deep understanding of world and eerily prescient and accurate thoughts.
Post-NSA revelations, 1984 seems even more real
. Reading this letter gives a view into George Orwell's thought process and he really impresses. [more inside]
"This scene is straight outta Nikolai Gogol."
Chairman Bruce reflects on Manning, surveillance, the history of computing, the character of cypherpunks, the Russian and American states, and more.
Minutemen's Mike Watt interviewed about Double Nickels on the Dime
. [more inside]
In 2008, the National Journal
released The Hidden History of the American Electorate
, an analysis of exit poll demographics conducted by multiple news organizations from US presidential elections between 1988 and 2004. The study looked for "pressure points in the electorate": trends which were likely to decide the outcome of the 2008 presidential election. They've released an update for 2012, by adding exit poll results from the 1980, 1984, and 2008 presidential elections
. It gives a more comprehensive look at voting trends over a 32 year period of the groups whom they believe are likely to influence the outcome in November. Charts: Voting Preferences of the American Electorate, 1980-2008
Rick Santorum released an anti-Romney ad in January
that borrows ahem
liberally from Apple's famous 1984 ad
. Weirdly, it also
copies Apple's second Super Bowl advertisement, Lemmings
, which was viewed as insulting to its audience and became a legendary failure. (Via Ken Segall
, a former creative director at Apple who writes, "Note to Rick: if you’re going to copy Apple’s marketing success, try not to copy its failure as well.")
And now, a 1984 talk show performance of Whistling On My Mind
. (stupefying SLYT)
It's been missing from YouTube for almost a year, but finally someone has resurrected the iconic video of Patti Labelle building up to a massive "Over The Rainbow" explosion
at a 1984 tribute to MLK Jr.
Nigel Kneale's adaptation of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four was one of the most controversial television programmes of its time
. Broadcast live, it made "unusually extensive and imaginative use of filmed inserts (14 in total). These sequences bought time for the more elaborate costume changes or scene set-ups, but also served to 'open out' the action.
" And now you can watch it too! The full version is currently on Youtube
. Short of the John Hurt film released in 1984 being posted online, the 1954 BBC TV adaptation is about as doubleplusgood as it gets for now. [more inside]
A lawsuit alleges that the Lower Merion School District has been spying on students through webcams on school issued laptops.
According to the complaint
no indication was giving to the parents or students that this activity was possible. The spying program was only revealed when a student was informed by the school that they had witnessed improper behavior through the webcam and saved photographic evidence.
Some guys in a Minneapolis basement, 1984.
Rehearsing "When Doves Cry", "Irresistible Bitch", "Erotic City".... [more inside]
Kindle goes all 1984 on Orwell
Unbelievably, amazon.com has deleted all copies of 1984 and Animal Farm from the Kindle and other ebook platforms.. How could they not see the irony?
do it to the British public 24
. It has become pervasive in the UK and shows little sign of changing
. Apparently, however, Joe Blogs may find that his
rights may be greatly compromised when photographing Police
or even criminals
. [more inside]
Hundreds of police, firefighters, paramedics and even utility workers have been trained and recently dispatched
as "Terrorism Liaison Officers
" in Colorado and a handful of other states to hunt for "suspicious activity" — and are reporting their findings into secret government databases.
Kiki and Bubu!
Austrian art collective monochrom
presents the adventures of two sock puppets. Part One: Kiki and Bubu and The Shift.
"Bubu wants to know why his dad is busy all the time. And Kiki explains him why... because of the neoliberal shift." Part Two: Kiki and Bubu and The Privilege.
"Bubu ran into a bunch of liberals and they gave him a book. They said if he doesn't read it, they're going to beat him up. But Bubu can't read! And so Kiki helps..." [Via BB]
With Comcast, your TV watches you.
Comcast is developing cable boxes with cameras to watch the room. They will know who is there to provide shows in your profile, engage parental controls, and of course, deliver targeted advertising.
Comcast is watching you....
: The Internet has aided in facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process in the United States by providing access
to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United States citizens.
While the United States must continue its vigilant
efforts to combat international terrorism, it must also strengthen efforts to combat the threat posed by homegrown terrorists based and operating
within the United States.
Pennsylvania polling places regarding September 08 elections to have everything but voters.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (YouTube) Nigel Kneale
's BBC adaptation of the Orwell classic
; made in 1954, with Peter Cushing
as Winston Smith.
Arcade '84, from Cinemarcade.
(Warning: 32MB MPEG. Low bandwidth short version here)
. Two liter bottle of Shasta and all Rush mix-tape not included.
For more 3d rendered arcade cabinet goodness, see the TimeOut Tunnel
movie project. Put together your own arcade and populate it with models and textures from the
3d Arcade at MAMEworld.
Your cell phone is a 'roving bug.'
But of course, you
have nothing to hide.
Gonzales wants Internet records saved
for two years. Because any of you could be child porn perverts. "Gonzales acknowledged the concerns of some company executives who say legislation might be overly intrusive and encroach on customers' privacy rights. But he said the growing threat of child pornography over the Internet was too great.
George Orwell né
Eric Arthur Blair is probably best known to readers for his eerily prescient novels 1984
and Animal Farm
. This comprehensive Orwell site
betrays an erudite
personality who wrote about a variety of subjects, from an exposition on British class relations affecting the art and practice of murder
, to the complex moral compromises of Gandhi's practice of non-violent resistance
, to the doublespeak-laden corruption of the English language
as a telling reflection of a corrupt, brutal, post-WWII culture — and much, much more
. This site also includes Russian translations
of much of Orwell's work.
“You know, I don’t think there’s a single piece of meat in this stew.
Looks like meat
. Tastes like meat
It isn’t meat at all.
~ George Orwell: 1984
has obtained a copy of a file detailing AT&T's involvement with the NSA that was sealed in the EFF's class-action lawsuit against AT&T. At 2AM EST this morning they have published that file
on their site for anyone to download (this is the fixed link, the one on Wired is currently broken)
I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to that is, if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?
Notice: henceforth, the Minister of War shall address the people only through the Ministry of Truth. The story-behind-the-story of the Vice President's hunting mishap is the denigration of the MSMTM as the traditional proxy of the public interest
, says NYU journalism professor and media critic Jay Rosen. "It strikes me that the Corpus Christi Caller-Times is just as valid a news outlet as The New York Times is,"
Cheney told cherry-picked Fox "News" correspondent Brit Hume yesterday. GOP spokesperson Mary Matalin underlined the point by saying that Cheney considered holding a news conference, but that "would have meant a lot of grandstanding" by reporters
; Donald Rumsfeld often goes even farther, claiming that terrorist organizations manipulate the American press directly through "media committees."
Judging by the administration's contempt for the Fourth Estate
, says Rosen, "The public visibility of the presidency itself is under revision. More of it lies in shadow all the time. Non-communication has become the standard procedure, not a breakdown in practice but the essence of it." Even arch-conservative pundits like George Will are starting to get nervous
about the lack of check and balances under the current regime. There's no doubt that the White House press corps seems angrier these days -- but are they missing the bigger stories
by focusing their wrath on Scott McClellan's birdshot spin?
First they take Ugarte and then she walks in.
On the 9th of December 2005, Deborah Davis will be arraigned in U.S. District Court in a case that will determine whether people must show "papers" whenever police demand them. Unlike Dudley Hiibel
(discussed on mefi last year
) who had (arguably) caused a disturbance meriting police attention, Deb was just riding the bus when she was "welcomed" to the Denver Federal Center.
Buy your mac a drink, she's 21 years old today.
On january 24th 1984 Apple introduced the Macintosh, and thanks to a bunch of German mac-geeks the public TV broadcast from that day with Steve Jobs is available on the web.
RFID to track students in Spring, Texas...
the information is fed automatically by wireless phone to the police and school administrators. That's right: constant and continual monitoring of all the schoolkids in the district by the local police department.
Eastasia plans attacks on Eurasia
"Efforts each of you make to be vigilant – such as reporting suspicious items or activities to authorities – do make a difference. Every citizen using their common sense and eyes and ears can support our national effort to stop the terrorists.
Thank you for your continued resolve in the face of the ongoing threat of terrorism. We must continue to work together – to ensure that the freedom we just celebrated continues as the hallmark of this great nation."
Are you scared
Reason magazine uses individualized data to give its subscribers a '1984'-style surprise.
The idea surfaced a year ago at a cocktail party: What if you opened your mailbox to find a national magazine with your name on the cover and the headline "They Know Where You Live!" — under an aerial photo of your house
? And what if, when you turned the page, the editor's note and the advertisements included details about your neighbors? (LA Times/Reg. Rqd)
Are we witnessing the end
of the 4th Ammendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure? The United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
has ruled (parts 1
) that police in Louisiana no longer need a search or arrest warrant to conduct a brief search of your home or business.
On March 22, the Supreme Court will hear a case that will answer whether or not citizens have to provide identification whenever police demand it.
"I can make your life very difficult..."
In January, journalists posing as regular citizens attempted to review documents under Florida's open access laws. 43% of all requests were denied, and in some cases volunteers were lied to, harassed or even threatened by government officials.
Today marks one hundred years
since the birth of George Orwell
. He may have died in 1950, just after finishing his master work
, but he has remained culturally relevant
ever since, and never more so than during the past two years
Elusive, legendary author Thomas Pynchon
resurfaces to intoduce a new edition of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four
with a critical eye on the present. And finds optimism in the appendix
It is not a crime to look at bomb-making websites...
or so says Lieutenant Jason Ciaschini, police spokesman in Punta Gorda, where a Briton who was using a computer to look at bomb-making websites is now being held at Charlotte County Jail on immigration violations.
Florida police had evacuated the library and arrested him after he looked at bomb-making websites, and found suspicious liquids in his backpack.
"Looking up stuff on the Internet - everybody has freedom to do that,
" he also said.
"Granted, we're a long way from resembling the kind of authoritarian state Orwell depicted, but some of the similarities are starting to get a bit eerie