2084 Orwell Revisited in the Age of Trump

by Tom Engelhardt edited by O Society August 23, 2019 I, Winston Smith... I mean, Tom Engelhardt... have not just been reading a dystopian novel, but, it seems, living one -- and I suspect I’ve been living one all my life. Yes, I recently reread George Orwell’s classic 1949 novel, 1984. In it, Winston Smith, a … Continue reading 2084 Orwell Revisited in the Age of Trump

Only a Fool Would Trust Facebook With Their Financial Wellbeing

by Joseph Stiglitz edited by O Society July 6, 2019 Facebook and some of its corporate allies decided what the world really needs is another cryptocurrency, and launching one is the best way to use the vast talents at their disposal. The fact Facebook thinks so reveals much about what is wrong with twenty-first-century American … Continue reading Only a Fool Would Trust Facebook With Their Financial Wellbeing

Google Reads Your Gmail to Track Your Purchases and Financial Information

by Meghan Graham edited by O Society July 6, 2019 Google uses Gmail to track a history of things you buy — and it’s hard to delete Google saves years of information on purchases you’ve made, even outside Google, and pulls this information from Gmail. It’s complicated to delete this private information, and options to … Continue reading Google Reads Your Gmail to Track Your Purchases and Financial Information

How ‘Limbic Capitalism’ Preys on Our Addicted Brains

Make the Limbic System Feel Safe and Included "While the lizard brain wants food, water, and shelter, the limbic system wants to feel like a part of something, to belong. Good brands already know this and successfully push the buttons for each of these three functionalities." https://youtu.be/f7E0mTJQ2KM   Know your brain: Reward system by David T. … Continue reading How ‘Limbic Capitalism’ Preys on Our Addicted Brains

The entire socialism-capitalism dichotomy is out of date: Andrew Yang Runs for President in 2020

  Meet the 44-year-old who's running for president to stave off unemployment riots https://youtu.be/_x3Hx8i2FhA   by John Gage Washington Examiner Jan 21, 2019 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says he knows how to save capitalism: a universal basic income, or UBI, a policy he refers to as a “Freedom Dividend.” Yang, a 44 year-old serial entrepreneur, … Continue reading The entire socialism-capitalism dichotomy is out of date: Andrew Yang Runs for President in 2020

The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts in a World of Fakes

by Zeynep Tufekci Wired Feb 18, 2019 IN THE SUMMER of 2006, Fidel Castro unexpectedly announced he was temporarily handing over power to his brother. Turns out he needed to undergo intestinal surgery. Afterward, an anchor on state-run television read a statement, said to have been written by Castro, attesting that all was well. But there … Continue reading The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts in a World of Fakes