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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.

New App Uses Facial Detection Technology To Let Patrons Check Out Bar Scene In Advance

Posted 09.10.2011 | Chicago

With its reliance on facial detection software and discreet cameras keeping a watchful eye on the front door of various nightlife hotspots, SceneTap i...

Emanuel Approves New Surveillance Cameras

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 08.15.2011 | Chicago

Though Chicago is already home to at least 10,000 private security cameras which, combined, account for the most extensive and integrated camera netwo...

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.

Do You Want Your Cell Phone to Act as a Credit Card?

Harmon Leon | Posted 06.14.2012 | Technology
Harmon Leon

I'm not paranoid, but isn't the proposed Google-backed system for having a credit card on your phone a little Big-Brother-creepy?

China Wants Big Brother; Does the Middle East Need Him?

Michael Levy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Levy

Maybe Muslims, like China, need autocracy. Maybe stability means more than political freedom. Maybe some cultures or countries are just not capable of. . . of what? Responsible democracy?

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?

You Are Being Watched (And The ACLU Doesn't Like It)

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The American Civil Liberties Union released a scathing report Tuesday that calls on the city of Chicago to halt the expansion of its massive surveilla...

Reality TV Is Not Reality

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

Reality TV promotes the worst values and qualities in people -- and disguises them all as entertainment. Reality TV makes heroic decidedly unheroic values, characters and behavior.

The New Face of Big Brother?

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Russ Baker

Here's an ominous development that is likely to pass almost unnoticed: a congressman requesting that the federal government identify to him everyone who has made a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

'Big Brother' Star Matthew McDonalds Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge | 1/10/2011 2:57 PM PST by TMZ Staff   | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

"Big Brother 9" star Matthew McDonald just pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone in connection with the giant drug ring allegedly founded ...

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens: Jeff Probst and the 7 Dwarfed-Intellects.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

After least week's jaw-dropper of a double-quit episode, leaving alliances in ruins, this week was surprisingly tame and dull.

GUILTY In Drug Case

AP | DENISE LAVOIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

BOSTON — The winner of the CBS reality show "Big Brother 9" pleaded guilty Monday to a drug charge and for failing to file a tax return for the ...

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens: Gulliver Among the Smuffs, Literally!

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

After a week of recaps and old clips, the game recommenced where we left off two weeks ago, just after Brenda was blindsided. Kelly Still-Here felt le...

Sensitive About My Areas: Media Measurement Company TRA Matches Shopper Data to TV Set-Top Boxes

Jarvis Coffin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jarvis Coffin

Two and a Half Men beat out America's Got Talent and Big Brother for "the distinguished title of the show most likely to get people to buy toilet paper."

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens: Triage for Dummies.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Cute, young Benry wanted to put the tribe's focus back where he felt it belonged: "We need to go beat these old people." I sure hope he's talking about the game.

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens: Shut up, Shannon!

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Did they neglect the psych evaluations on the contestants this time around? Because we saw some seriously deranged behavior in this week's episode of Survivor, not to mention a crime wave of footwear theft.

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens: Not About Yve

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

It began with Jeff Probst's voice telling us: "This is Nicaragua: remote, mysterious, dangerous." He left out poverty-ridden (second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, barely beating out Haiti), oppressed, run by a powerful Marxist leader.

Big Brother 12 Finale: "Fredo, You Broke My Heart."

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Sunday was a clip show. I heard so many lines I'd already written jokes for, I wondered if I shouldn't just do a clip column. So let's skip over the boring clip show and get right to the finale.

And The Winner Of 'Big Brother 12' Is...

AP | DERRIK J. LANG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — The Animal scored the home run on "Big Brother 12." Hayden Moss, a shaggy-haired 24-year-old college student and former baseball ...

Big Brother 12: "One of My Good Dogs," The 8-Second Man

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

This was an odd week, as the penultimate week always is. We had a live eviction on Wednesday, then a second live show without an eviction on Thursday. Just one more column, I keep telling myself, and I'll never have to see or hear or discuss Boobiac ever again.

Big Brother 12: The Puppetry of the Pea-Brains.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Enzo said: "De Brains goes home. Maybe he wasn't De Brains after all, because I beat him, and you know I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer." He wouldn't be the sharpest knife in the drawer even if he were the only knife in the drawer.

Big Brother 12: Mothra, the Penguin, and the Succubus.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

The thing I love about double-eviction weeks is that it clearly shows the producers are as sick of these house guests as I am.

Big Brother 12: The Boobiac Strikes Back!

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

It is a dark time for The Brigade. Although the Death Showmances have been destroyed, Imperious goofs have driven the Brigade forces from the HOH Room, and pursued then across the Big Brother House.

Inside the Big Brother House

Roger Catlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Roger Catlin

It's creepy to peek into the windows of a place where a dozen people live. But that's what millions do three times a week, for a summer broadcast that's doing its best ratings in years.