Big Brother: The Orwellian Nightmare Come True
a book by Mark Dice
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb says that In Big Brother: The Orwellian Nightmare Come True, Mark Dice details actual NSA high-tech spy systems, mind-reading machines, secret government projects, and emerging artificial intelligence programs that seem as if they came right out of George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Orwell’s famous book was first published in 1949, and tells the story of a nightmarish future where citizens have lost all privacy and are continuously monitored by the omniscient Big Brother surveillance system which keeps them obedient to a totalitarian government.
The novel is eerily prophetic as many of the fictional systems of surveillance described have now become a reality. Mark Dice shows you the scary documentation that Big Brother is watching you, and is more powerful than you could imagine.
Mark Dice shows you the scary documentation that Big Brother is watching you, and is more powerful than you could imagine
- The National Security Agency
- Facial Recognition Scanners
- Mind Reading Machines
- Neural Interfaces
- Psychotronic Weapons
- Orwellian Government Programs
- The Nanny State
- Orwellian Weapons
- Artificial Intelligence
- Cybernetic Organisms
- A Closer Look at 1984
- Our Social Structure
- The Control of Information
- Perpetual State of War
- The Personification of the Party
- A Snitch Culture
- Relationships in Shambles
- A Heartless Society
- Foreign Countries Painted as Enemies
- Power Hungry Officials
- An Erosion of the Language
- Double Think
We already have Facial Recognition Scanners, Artificial Intelligence, Control of Information, Perpetual State of War, Telescreens, A Snitch Culture, Relationships in Shambles, Foreign Countries Painted as Enemies, and Power Hungry Officials. This is common knowledge. Some of the stuff in Dice's book is not well known at all, however.
The term "fighting the New World Order" is used by Mark to describe some of his activities, and refers to his and others’ resistance and opposition (The Resistance) to the overall system of political corruption, illegal wars, elite secret societies, mainstream media, Big Brother and privacy issues; as well as various economic and social issues.
Orwell's 1984 was not supposed to be an instruction manual—and yet: here we are. "Dice’s aim in his book is to promote feelings of paranoia and hatred toward the government, but I can’t help but agree that psychology is becoming less of an interest and more of a weapon," says Emily Babb, in her Dystopic review. Dice points out the following mindset of the citizens in Orwell's 1984:
"Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer, and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds." This mindset does not significantly differ from 21st century cyber-man. The government prefers we don't notice what is really going on, so it distracts us so that instead of seeing through all their facades, we are instead chasing shiny objects.
The government prefers we don't notice what is really going on, so it distracts us so that instead of seeing through all their facades, we are instead chasing shiny objects
It’s interesting that while people seem to be getting dumber, computers are getting smarter—we're seeing the dumbing of America
" . . . most people feel that it is more important to know about who our favorite celebrities are dating than it is to know what bills are being introduced and voted on in the halls of Congress or our own city council. It’s interesting that while people seem to be getting dumber, computers are getting smarter."
It’s interesting that while people seem to be getting dumber, computers are getting smarter
We cannot avoid wondering " . . . why the 'surveillance state' is able to take hold and envelop people’s lives, even in countries that consider themselves democracies. Orwell was clear about this: the creation of a state of perpetual war and all pervasive fear induces people to willingly surrender their rights and liberties and enables the imposition of the surveillance state. . . . Orwell shares [Winston and Julia's] joyful relationship in their secret haven to remind readers what has been lost in the rest of this suffocating conformist society. . . . Orwell is clear: regardless of shifting enemies, the Party perpetuates a permanent state of war in order to maintain complete control over society." (Source: Big Brother Is Watching You: Is America Becoming Orwell’s Nightmare?, Stephen Rohde, LA Review of Books)
Propaganda keeps us obedient, distracted, consuming, but never questioning the CW, the media, the authorities
Orwell shares [Winston and Julia's] joyful relationship in their secret haven to remind readers what has been lost in the rest of this suffocating conformist society
"The totalitarian surveillance state imagined in George Orwell's 1984 is often cited to describe government encroachments on privacy, which is why the recent National Security Agency leaks led to a spike in sales of the dystopian novel on Amazon.com. . . . All of his novels convey a fear of losing individual freedom to an increasingly oppressive modern society. In each novel, the protagonist's attempt to escape ends in failure. . . . Although 1984 is Orwell's most terrifying novel, its portrayal of a totalitarian surveillance state remains a work of science fiction. His other novels, however, show how in contemporary society people everywhere are trapped by the relentless march of progress, capitalism, commercialism, communism, and other aspects of modern society. Orwell warned us about all of it." (Source: George Orwell's Biggest Fear Went Far Beyond Big Brother, Gus Lubin, Business Insider)
We're being turned into consumer junkies—zombies going for a fix; government and Big Data collude in this horrific enterprise
Recent National Security Agency leaks by Edward Snowden led to a spike in sales of the dystopian novel 1984
The government’s motives aren’t too difficult to understand — money, power, control — but what do corporate giants like Google stand to gain from colluding with Big Brother? Money, power, control. For more on how the rich enrich themselves from the nonrich, see the best book of the 21st century: Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power
"The government’s motives aren’t too difficult to understand — money, power, control — but what do corporate giants like Google stand to gain from colluding with Big Brother? Money, power, control. . . . At this rate, it won’t be long before we find ourselves looking back on the past with longing, back to an age where we could speak to whom we wanted, buy what we wanted, think what we wanted without those thoughts, words and activities being tracked, processed and stored by corporate giants, sold to government agencies, and used against us by militarized police. George Orwell’s description of the world of 1984 is as apt a description of today’s world as I’ve ever seen: 'You had to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.'" (Source: Orwell’s Nightmare: The NSA and Google — Big Brother Meets Big Business, John W. Whitehead, Huffington Post)
Since all U.S. citizens have had thoughts that are unorthodox or outside the official government platform since Trump assumed the Trump-fantasized Trumpthrone, we're all guilty of thoughtcrimes
Dice's Mind Reading Machines remind us of the Thought Police of the world of 1984. In 1984's Newspeak, the word "crimethink" means a "thoughtcrime," thoughts that are unorthodox or outside the official government platform. And a "facecrime" is an indication that a person is guilty of thoughtcrime based on their facial expression. And "goodthink" means thoughts that are approved by the Party and follow its policies, ideals and interpretations. It is the opposite of crimethink.
And "misprints" are errors or mispredictions which need to be rectified in order to prove that the Party is always right. And "thinkpol" is the Thought Police. And "thoughtcrime" is the criminal act of holding unspoken beliefs or doubts that oppose or question the official government platform. And "doublethink" is the act of simultaneously accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct—today this is called doublespeak.
'You will respect my authoritah!' Is Trump merely Southpark's Eric Cartman 62 years later? Or is that thought a thoughtcrime?
Fake news is everywhere, and it's fooling many
Dice's Mind Reading Machines also remind us of the fact that Google (who knows what you’re thinking because it saves your private searches), Facebook (who can know what you’re thinking because it has our data all over its site), and the data collection and data mining of the companies our data is sold to are all conspiring to get to know us better than we know ourselves. Why? Even though it has been shown that data mining techniques are ineffective at finding terrorists, they are very helpful in intimidating and controlling whole societies. Our monstrous security apparatus's (FBI, NSA, DHS) recently acquired mass-surveillance tools are not cut out for the job of finding terrorists but rather population intimidation like in 1984.
TV has become the monster that sucks our brains from our skulls as it dumbs us down and teaches us to be loyal consumers of mostly unhealthy products we do not need
We're in the post-truth era of fake news and alternative facts. So "misprints" are now opinions that differ from those of Trump, a.k.a. "fakeprints." And "facecrimes" are microexpressions or microaggressions that betray the person for not buying Trump's most recent lies. And "goodthink" are Trump-approved thoughts—all other thoughts are "fakethoughts." (E.g., all the election's votes were legitimate and not fruadulent, and the inauguration crowd was as low as the estimaters calculated.) And the Trump cabinet and his presidential assistants need "doublethink" to accommodate holding thoughts of the truth (reality) in their minds while simultaneously holding "goodthink" (Trump-approved thoughts) in mind about the same matter. This is a difficult feat of mental gymnastics, and all of Team Trump who have managed this feat and kept functioning without having mental breakdowns are to be highly commended as loyal Trumpsters and Trumpettes.
The only way the administration officials could have alternative facts is if they have somehow located a door to a parallel universe
Some of the highest officials in the country are saying things that we know are true are not true, and they are saying that they have 'alternative facts.' That’s just the type of Orwellian doubletalk that we should all be afraid of. The only way the administration officials could have alternative facts is if they have somehow located a door to a parallel universe where the crooked politician here is not crooked there but the demagogue here is a great statesman with no sign of demagoguery there and every fact is an alternative fact.
Big Brother's security cameras watch you everywhere—apparently not only Santa is checking whether you're naughty or nice
" . . . rereading Orwell, one is reminded of what Orwell got right about this kind of brute authoritarianism—and that was essentially that it rests on lies told so often, and so repeatedly, that fighting the lie becomes not simply more dangerous but more exhausting than repeating it. Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power. . . . People aren’t meant to believe [a Trump lie]; they’re meant to be intimidated by it." (Source: Orwell’s “1984” and Trump’s America, Adam Gopnik, New Yorker)
By 2008, the idea of communications privacy in the United States had literally become a joke—our Big Brother government watches your every move
Fly #353242252 reporting: Citizen #312,756,972 doesn't seem to be hiding a thing—my conclusion is that she's clean; but just to be sure I think I'll hang around a bit longer!
In 1984, there are omnipresent signs reading “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU,” and in Trumpworld, there is omnipresent surveillance by cameras and surveillance of emails, calls, searches, social media, etc. In 1984, Winston observes, even a tiny facial twitch could lead to an arrest since it betrayed a "thoughtcrime." In Trumpville, "facecrimes" are microexpressions or microaggressions that betray the person for not buying Trump's most recent lies. Reporters guilty of facecrimes and thoughtcrimes are ostracized, threatened, insulted ("bleeding from her whatever"), and called fake and liars and their networks and newspapers are called failed and fake and Deep State ("the failing New York Times").
The U.S. has become a surveillance society like 1984. WE cannot recollect being consulted on such a radical step! WE cannot recall being allowed to vote on the matter! What kind of democacy goes fascist without our consent—the consent of the governed? The ugly answer is: an oligarchy, NOT a democracy. See:
- Democracy—an American Delusion
- Freedom of the Press—an American Delusion
- The Rise of the American Corporate Security State
- Our take on a review of Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty
- Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare
- The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy
- Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World
Our nation's actions are making the Founders turn over in their graves
Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World poses and answers a couple of questions: What is the meaning of our lives in the modern age of constant surveillance? What kinds of checks and balances are required in terms of personal data collection, corporate data surveillance and ubiquitous mass surveillance by governments? The answers are comprehensive and well thought out. They conclude that the biggest cost of surveillance is our liberty. Note: There's an angry New York Times review of Bruce Schneier's Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World which attacks the author for upsetting the status quo. That alone gives us a reason to get the book, since if it rocks the mainstream media's boat, it must be doing something right!
Resisting the abusive kinds of data surveillance and control is critical. So we must avoid, resist, agitate for change, and not give up. This is essential in the post-Snowden era
"[Bruce] Schneier [author of Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World] worked with journalist Glenn Greenwald to analyze the documents released by National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden. In the process he learned of remarkable innovations in US electronic intelligence. . . . Schneier reminds us that law enforcement and intelligence agencies have struck up an uneasy and often unwelcome alliance with corporate America, raiding commercial databases to support a campaign of ubiquitous surveillance aimed at nearly everyone on earth. . . . Schneier claims all-pervasive government surveillance hasn’t made our nation more secure. Every time a potential terrorist has been caught in recent years, it’s been due to old-school police and intelligence techniques, not the digital dragnet." (Source: ‘Data and Goliath’ by Bruce Schneier, Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe)
Law enforcement and intelligence agencies joined with corporate America, raiding commercial databases to support surveillance aimed at nearly everyone on earth
Every time a potential terrorist has been caught in recent years, it’s been due to old-school police and intelligence techniques, not the digital dragnet
". . . there aren’t a lot of crimes being solved by this surveillance. Crimes are solved by following the leads. That’s how terrorism plots are foiled. Whenever we ask the government, ask the police or the NSA to show how this surveillance is necessary, they can never come up with good examples. . . . Privacy is a fundamental human need, and it’s not about something to hide. I think that’s a very wrong characterization, and we should fight it at every opportunity. . . . we need laws to protect us against government surveillance and against corporate surveillance. . . . I think the threats are great, because algorithms are making decisions, not people, and that’s very dangerous." (Source: Data and Goliath: Bruce Schneier on the Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World, Amy Goodman and Juan González, democracynow.org)
"How to effect change? Schneier breaks down his prescription into four parts: 'solutions for government' (laws, rules, and procedures, including many that are already in the works); 'solutions for corporations' (business models, best practices); 'solutions for the rest of us' (crypto, privacy tools, products and best practices we can follow to take us out of untargeted surveillance); and 'social norms and the big data trade-off' (when it's OK to gather user data, to spy, and to data-mine, and how to have that discussion)." (Source: Bruce Schneier's Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World, Cory Doctorow, boingboing)
The US is wasting billions on these surveillance programs but they are not receiving the security they have been promised. Schneier suggests that we should be using the money on investigations, intelligence and emergency response; programs whose tactics have been actually proven to work. Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World recognizes that much of the problem stems from federal agencies since keeping the citizens' fear alive is big business. That is the basis of influence and power in U.S. intelligence agencies. Schneier also lays some of the blame on the media who stoke the irrational fears in the daily news. In summary, Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World is a must-read for purposes of awareness about security, privacy, and freedom.
"He focuses on the social costs of surveillance, which 'puts us at risk of abuses by those in power…exacerbated by the fact that we are generating so much data and storing it indefinitely.' He also argues that this 'pervasive mass surveillance' will inevitably chill progressive movements—e.g., gay rights and cannabis decriminalization." (Source: Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World, Kirkus Reviews)
Google has declared an unprovoked war on all progressive sites such as Alternet.org—by far the worst and most naive and ignorant action they've ever taken in the history of their company. What does democracy even mean if the big G makes their sites unfindable? Not only hyper-surveillance puts us at risk of abuses by those in power, like Google. Google pretending to dump "fake news" but then dumping progressive sites instead is step 1 of fascism. Google has turned into a propaganda engine. It used to be a search engine that found a diversity of opinion in its results. But it has decided to dump non-mainstream, non-conventional wisdom websites that do not tow the party line.
Could Google's decision makers POSSIBLY be so naive that their thinking has degenerated to the black and white thinking that equates mainstream media CW as truth and non-mainstream, non-conventional wisdom websites that do not tow the party line as lies?! NOT bowing to the party line is more likely to get you truth than drinking the Kool-Aid of the propaganda-infused mainstream media. The mainstream media is where propaganda is aimed, not alternative websites. Do the math, Big G. Truth was only on alternative websites and not on mainstream media just before Dubya attacked Iraq, unprovoked, in 2003. If you wish to hide the truth because the government neocons told you to, you're ushering in tyranny. If not, please stop your war on alternative and progressive websites!
Like Trump calling anything not to his liking "fake news," Google has labeled as fake news any ideas that are non-mainstream, non-conventional wisdom—websites that do not tow the party line. Goodbye democracy, folks, since the same thing occurred in 1930s Germany once Hitler got control of the media. To repeat, Google has turned into a propaganda engine. For more about Google's massively heartbreaking sellout to the mainstream media, see The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires. IF ONLY THE GOOGLE LEADERS WOULD READ BOOKS ON HOW TO KEEP DEMOCRACY AND JOURNALISM HEALTHY!
Dice's book is a one-book hall of horrors. Privacy is gone. Truth is compromised. Propaganda is the norm. The news is biased infotainment with a political axe to grind. But the real news about what our military is doing around the world (in their Perpetual State of War) is censored, with empire building as the reality, but the War on Terror as the cover story. We learn what they want us to learn—to learn the real story, you must abandon the bought-and-paid-for mainstream media and consult alternative websites like Alternet.org or the site you are now on.
Compare Orwell's 1984 to the realities we are seeing today in 2018. Read this book to arm yourself with the knowledge of how to protect yourself from Big Brother. For a comprehensive summary of the 4 ways you can protect yourself from digital surveillance, read Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World or see a huffingtonpost.com article by Bruce Schneier: Data and Goliath: Four Ways You Can Protect Yourself From Digital Surveillance.
Like vampires in a house of horrors, Big Brother is sucking the data and privacy and life from our veins while pretending they just want to give us free search, social networking, and information, but while actually charging a very steep price indeed