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How Michelle Wolf Blasted Open the Fictions of Journalism in the Age of Trump | The New Yorker
Guy Debord would be shocked that the news media has gone so far in its self-delusion of journalism and perhaps disappointed that Wolf didn't go far enough in disabusing them of that illusion.
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24 days ago by po
Police Interrogate Stay-at-Home Mom for Tweets Critical of Teen's Sex Change Surgery
“Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, a self-described feminist and mother of four, was contacted by police in early February because Susie Green, CEO of Mermaids, a U.K.-based charity that supports transgender persons, had reported her to them in July. Twitter supplied Keen-Minshull's details to the police and the officer told her she was a ‘test case’ in a new ‘human rights’ fight they were undertaking.”

Transgenderism  FreeSpeech  Totalitarianism 
10 weeks ago by cbearden
Superfluous People, the Ideology of Silicon Valley, and The Origins of Totalitarianism | L.M. Sacasas
“First, I should make clear that I do not expect to see death camps anytime soon. That said, it seems that there are a number of developments which together tend toward rendering people superfluous. For example: the operant conditioning to which we submit on social media, the pursuit of ever more sophisticated forms of automation, and the drive to outsource more and more aspects of our humanity to digital tools.” … “Here again I would argue that we are witnessing a Huxleyan variant of this earlier Orwellian dynamic. Consider once more the cumulative effect of the many manifestations of the networks of surveillance, monitoring, operant conditioning, automation, routinization, and programmed predictability in which we are enmeshed. Their effect is not enhanced freedom, individuality, spontaneity, thoughtfulness, or joy. Their effect is, in fact, to stabilize us into routine and predictable patterns of behavior and consumption. Humanity is stabilized so that the law of Technology can run its course.”
LMSacasas  Technology  Ideology  SiliconValley  Totalitarianism  HannahArendt  MustRead 
january 2018 by cbearden
One Year After Trump’s Election, Revisiting “Autocracy: Rules for Survival” | The New Yorker
Masha Gessen reconsiders her suggestions for surviving the Trump years (which ran in NYRB immediately after the elections)
authority  totalitarianism  politics 
january 2018 by jbushnell
Who Is Reality Winner?
[Leaded evidence of Russian interference in an American election.] ... the first person to be charged under the Espionage Act during the Trump administration ...

[After arrest in June(?) 2017] “I feel like I’m being a diva,” she said, “like there are freakin’ Syrian refugees that have nothing but still go from one day to the next.”

This is perhaps the most surprising thing about the story of Airman Reality Winner, linguist, intelligence specialist, a woman who spent years of her life dropping in on conversations among people this country considers potential enemies: It did not occur to her, in a moment of crisis, that someone might be listening.

[Case expected to come to trial in March 2018.]

New York Magazine | | dec 2017
totalitarianism  Reality_Winner  United_States  type-article 
december 2017 by tometaxu
Roger Cohen on Trump and the Erosion of American Greatness - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"To refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain 'the last best hope of earth' for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  AfD  Nationalism  scapegoat  patriotism  Orwell  Orwellian  Technology  Facebook  Newsfeed  filter  bubble  Filterblase  technocracy  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  totalitarianism  Super  Rich  1%  economic  history  inequality  Precariat  working  poor  poverty  trap  exploitation  fake  news  Fascism  alt-right  right-wing  far-right  neo-Nazi  Nazi  GOP  Republicans  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  UKIP  Front  National  France  UK  Germany  USA  American  Dream 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Why the world is so naive about China dictatorship?
Why « Free World » is so naive about China dictatorship?
Money and Profit craving cannot explain all.
Stupidity ?

-- @Tenam108
Twitter | | 4 nov 2017

for hundreds, thousands of years China
makes promises and breaks them, makes
treaties and breaks them. And still the
next time around, people go, oh this is
good, this will work.

I think it is: Power. If we can't have power,
we will honour it and protect it in the
one who does have power. Power addicting,
power corrupting.

-- tmx, 5 nov 2017
human-rights  humans  power  society  totalitarianism  China  format-tweet 
november 2017 by tometaxu
'Web cleansing': China's Xinjiang residents forced to install surveillance apps on their mobile phones | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP
Jingwang is a protection service with an adult and child categorization system introduced by Jiangsu Telecom. The main function is to block pornographic websites, online scams, trojan horses, and phishing sites; to alert users of how much time they spend online; and to enable remote control of one’s home network. The tool is intended to help kids develop a healthy lifestyle by building a safe web filter for the minors.
Terrifying double-speak for surveillance software t...
china  surveillance  privacy  security  web  totalitarianism 
november 2017 by npdoty
This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like
All of these things are terrifying. Of particular interest to me was the "web cleansing" software that you can be forced to install on your phone.
surveillance  china  privacy  web  internet  totalitarianism 
november 2017 by npdoty
Senior judge warns over 'shaming' impact of legal aid cuts | Law | The Guardian
Last year, Amnesty International said the cuts were far worse than anticipated and had created a “two-tier” system that denied the poorest people access to justice.
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october 2017 by asterisk2a

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