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.")
posted by Rory Marinich
on Mar 1, 2012 -
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]
posted by Effigy2000
on Dec 12, 2010 -
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....
posted by caddis
on Mar 23, 2008 -
: 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.
posted by Huplescat
on Nov 20, 2007 -
Pennsylvania polling places regarding September 08 elections to have everything but voters.
posted by duende
on Oct 26, 2007 -
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.
posted by cosmicbandito
on Jan 10, 2007 -
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.
posted by Kickstart70
on Sep 19, 2006 -
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)
posted by Ryvar
on May 22, 2006 -
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?
posted by I Love Tacos
on Feb 18, 2006 -
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.
posted by Smedleyman
on Nov 25, 2005 -
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.
posted by Irontom
on Nov 17, 2004 -
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
posted by skechada
on Jul 8, 2004 -
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.
posted by Irontom
on Mar 29, 2004 -
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.
posted by Irontom
on Feb 18, 2004 -
"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.
posted by Irontom
on Feb 9, 2004 -
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.
posted by Blake
on Jul 30, 2002 -
"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
posted by jjg
on Jul 28, 2002 -
: Now that the movie is out, and given the similarity of the movie's pretext to our current situation
, the phrase Minority Report
is rapidly becoming a cliché. But those vividly aware of the implications of current policy seem hesitant to condemn it — Spielberg himself is "on the president's side in this instance"
and Dahlia Lithwick concludes her article with the declaration that "We need a Bureau of Precrime." Are the merits of precrime more weighty than the drawbacks? Is "innocent until proven guilty" becoming an outdated concept?
posted by grrarrgh00
on Jun 21, 2002 -