Category: Surveillance

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What is the Greatest Threat to Humanity?

Over breakfast this morning I got into a debate with a friend about threats to humanity in the near future. I argued that anthropomorphic influence on the environment and climate represented the greatest threat in the 21st century. He, on the other hand, picked up his smartphone and said “these are the greatest threat.”

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The Indifference Engine: Manufacturing Consent in a Hyperconnected World

‘The tremendous expansion of communications in the United States has given this Nation the world’s most penetrating and effective apparatus for the transmission of ideas. Every resident is constantly exposed to the impact of our vast network of communications which reach every corner of the country, no matter how remote or isolated. Words hammer continually at the eyes and ears of America. The United States has become a small room in which a single whisper is magnified thousands of times.”

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The Future of Advertising

Advertising and marketing campaigns have come to saturate our lives. It is difficult to name a form of media we consume without it having some form of advertising included in it, but advertising has gone beyond mere omnipresence and entered into the realm of omniscience as well.