Bigger Brother

by Tim Wu edited by O Society March 20, 2020 In the 1970s, when Shoshana Zuboff was a graduate student in Harvard’s psychology department, she met the behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner. Skinner, who had perhaps the largest forehead you’ll ever see on an adult, is best remembered for putting pigeons in boxes (so-called Skinner boxes) and inducing … Continue reading Bigger Brother

A Culture of Propaganda?

A companion piece to A Culture of Cheating? The average American with a smartphone is inarguably the most heavily and consistently propagandized citizen in the entire collective history of human societies. by Ben Steele edited by O Society Friday March 13, 2020 "Contrary to previous readings by historians of the 20th century, which typically describe propaganda … Continue reading A Culture of Propaganda?

Famous Pentagon Papers Precedent Would Free Julian Assange in Country with Freedom to Tell Truth

June 30, 1971, the US Supreme Court rules the NY Times and Washington Post are legally permitted to publish what’s known as the Pentagon Papers — material leaked by Daniel Ellsberg. by  Stephen Lendman edited by O Society March 1, 2020 Six justices concur in a per curiam statement saying: “Any system of prior restraints of … Continue reading Famous Pentagon Papers Precedent Would Free Julian Assange in Country with Freedom to Tell Truth

Edward Snowden: On XKEYSCORE and LOVEINT

by Edward Snowden edited by O Society Feb 7, 2020 There’s always a danger in letting even the most qualified person rise too far, too fast, before they’ve had enough time to get cynical and abandon their idealism. I occupied one of the most unexpectedly omniscient positions in the Intelligence Community—toward the bottom rung of … Continue reading Edward Snowden: On XKEYSCORE and LOVEINT

Sanders Wins Iowa Presidential Primary; DNC Doesn’t Want You to Know

https://youtu.be/nDO2kHGEoY0 We know Bernie Sanders won Iowa. There are many powerful people who don’t want us to say these words. We should say them without hesitation, because they’re true. by Meaghan Day edited by O Society Feb 6, 2020 We should’ve closed the book on the Iowa caucuses on Monday night. Instead, we got a procedural … Continue reading Sanders Wins Iowa Presidential Primary; DNC Doesn’t Want You to Know

Flood the zone with shit: How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy

header image: an antidote to the Shit Zone by Sean Illing edited by O Society Jan 20, 2020 No matter how President Trump’s impeachment trial plays out in the Senate, one thing is certain: Despite the incontrovertible facts at the center of the story, the process will change very few minds. Regardless of how clear … Continue reading Flood the zone with shit: How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy

How the CIA Made Google (part 3)

Why Google Made the NSA by Nafeez Ahmed edited by O Society Jan 18, 2020 Enron and Pentagon war planning In February 2001, when Enron executives including Kenneth Lay began participating concertedly in the Cheney Energy Task Force, a classified National Security Council document instructed NSC staffers to work with the task force in “melding” previously separate … Continue reading How the CIA Made Google (part 3)