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1984

Former Apple Ad Guru Calls '1984' Overrated

The Huffington Post | Ramona Emerson | Posted 03.05.2012 | Technology

Apple's famed "1984" ad, which introduced Apple's Macintosh computer for the first time, is one of the most famous TV commercials of all time. The...

Tweet This, Deny That: Social Media and the End of Denial

Michele Weldon | Posted 02.07.2012 | Media
Michele Weldon

Digital shaming has become the newest form of public stocks, ensuring the wrongdoings of individuals are widely known and impossible to erase.

Nationalism: A Kind Of Identity Crisis

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 01.03.2012 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

To be totally honest, I don't totally buy into the whole nationalism thing. While it allows us to connect with others who belong to the same group, it also causes us to distinguish ourselves from people of other groups.

Fulfilling Orwell's Prophecy: 15 Futuristic Films You Should See

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.18.2011 | Entertainment
John W. Whitehead

For years, novels and movies have warned us about the ominous future that we face. In fact, film may be the best representation of what we now face as a society that is fulfilling Orwell's prophecy.

Big Brother Inc.

Scott Cleland | Posted 07.23.2011 | Technology
Scott Cleland

What's wrong with being tracked by Google as a target? Consider that Google's private information on users has already fallen into the wrong hands.

The Ministry of Truth: New Fronts in the War on Social Security

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Every Orwellian campaign needs a compliant press, and the Social Security Slashers led by Pete Peterson have been particularly lucky (or effective) in this area.

"Entitlement Reform" Is a Euphemism For Letting Old People Get Sick and Die

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

George Orwell would be proud. The latest Washington catchphrase deserves a place of honor in the 1984 lexicon, right between "War Is Peace" and "Love...

Big Brother v. Little Brother

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Weigant

In a police state, citizens live in fear of the police monitoring them. But what do you call it when the police themselves know that at any time or place while they are performing their duties, the citizens could be monitoring them?

Favorite Rereads: What Do You Come Back To Time And Time Again? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 09.26.2011 | Books

Author François Mauriac once said, "Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are' is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what ...

Afghanistan Is About Perpetual War

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

The war in Afghanistan is about perpetual war, not Afghanistan. It's about preventing democracy in the United States, not bringing it to Southwest ...

Big Brothers Are Watching You

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

Orwell's "1984" was twenty-six years off target, and picked the wrong side of the capitalistic coin. The Koch brothers are Big Brother, and the millio...

'1984' First Edition Found In Charity Bin

Telegraph | Bonnie Malkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Paul Hol, a volunteer for the charity Lifeline, found the book when he was sorting through the pile of donations. "It's in a remarkably good condition...

'Harry Potter,' 'The Giver,' 'Lolita,' 'Howl'

Dan Wilbur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dan Wilbur

"Lolita," for instance, is now "Likable Rapists." It makes you think that perhaps these new titles are what censors out there really see.

Is Monday Night Football Our Culture's Soma?

Kyle Shamberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Kyle Shamberg

The never-ending carousel of pro sports gives us a never-ending soma to throw back. MNF is only the most obvious, and the grandest spectacle, of the drug.

George Orwell And The Tea Party: Is The Conservative Movement Misappropriating Orwell?

The Millions | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

George Orwell never thought that his work would outlive him by much. After all, he considered himself "a sort of pamphleteer" rather than a genuine no...

Like It or Not: America's Dirty Little Secret

John Brown | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Brown

There's a dirty little secret in America today: all too many of our young people, whatever their biological age may be, can't speak.

198-Foursquare: The Unfollowed Life Is Not Worth Living

Ali MacLean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ali MacLean

3:00 pm: Ali has just 'checked in' to Dr. Finkelstein's OBGYN office on Wilshire Boulevard. 3:33 pm: Dr. Finkelstein has just checked into Ali.

What Do Super Bowl Ads Say?

Eric Shutt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Shutt

Super Bowl commercials are iconic American culture. Ads tell us a ton about what's up, right now, and thanks to social media, we can rate and evaluate Super Bowl ads in more ways.

"Do It to Julia!" Betrayal-Inoculation Pre-Valentine's Day Special

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

When we talk about willpower or integrity, we tend to mean a certain fixed amount of some kind of moral stamina. It's not like that. Breaking points can be attenuated by a variety of factors.

10 Best Books That Are Years (PHOTOS, POLL)

Laurence Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Laurence Hughes

Instead of focusing on books that were published this year, how about focusing on years that have been published as books?

Money is 1984

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

1. Shelf no meaning. Shelf no nirvana or nonduality. If you got "it" now, share "it" now. That's the Law of Now! 2. Let the store-keeper save what fe...

Mr. President, 'Change' Is Your 'New Frontier'

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

The Republicans' strategy of slowing down change couldn't be more evident than in the perpetually extending health care debate. But they have been successful at promulgating the idea that they, too, are touting change.

In the Name of Hope: Perpetual War and the Nobel Peace Prize

Hamdan Azhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hamdan Azhar

If the Nobel Peace Prize Committee tells us that war is compatible with peace, who are we to say otherwise?

Amazon 1984 Settlement: High School Student Awarded $150,000

Computer World | Matt Hamblen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Amazon.com Inc. has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a federal lawsuit brought by a Michigan high school student and an California academic whose elec...

Lies, Damned Lies -- and the DoubleSpeak I Would Erase From the English Language

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

The English language needs a spring cleaning to purge phrases that, while posing as neutral descriptions of the world, contain a hidden political agenda that then molds the assumptions of the listener.