We're all well aware of the millions of randomly situated video cameras all across the country capturing what we do 24/7. But what you may not realize is the extent to which other types of taxpayer-funded surveillance capabilities have been put in place.
When discussing politics, citizens should speak to one another as clearly and sincerely as possible. Right now, the Common Core literature uses technical terms and tortuous prose to sell an educational philosophy that may not deliver what it promises.
I Heart Boobies is a saccharine piece of hard candy that should make anyone who's ever endured breast cancer want to choke. All of cancer's ugly, painful complexity is scrubbed away, leaving a pop-able, infantile easy-to-gulp nugget for Americans of all ages to ingest.
You know that little game where corporations like Netflix, TiVo and Amazon.com try to "recommend" products they think will appeal to you? That process is based on meticulously crafted algorithms that apply artificial intelligence to retail choices.
Many Americans -- lots more whites than blacks, I am sure -- do not believe the verdict in the Zimmerman trial was just the latest example of the biases against young black males of a racist, oppressive criminal justice system that continues to grow.
Scott McNealy, founder of Sun Microsystems, once said of individual privacies, "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." It seems timely to revisit McNealy's suggestion in the wake of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations.
Almost immediately, the press invoked George Orwell to characterize the drama unfolding around Edward Snowden's revelation of the NSA's digitally omniscient domestic surveillance program. It should have been Aldous Huxley.
The British magazine, New Statesman , recently reminisced about its former editor Kingsley Martin's feud with Tribune's former literary editor George Orwell about the latter's attempt to tell the whole truth about the Spanish War.
But why? Are these readers hoping to find out if things today are really as bad as Orwell foretold? Do they want to know if it has a happy ending? Or are they already expecting the worst and simply want a roadmap for an orderly transition?
I don't like the idea of an unmanned aircraft buzzing in the skies around my neighborhood (even police helicopters are annoying) with the sole purpose of collecting information by filming the activities of citizens who have not broken the law.
Dr. Mitra talks fondly about the network of British "grannies" he has enlisted to teach children online and offer encouragement, but what about all the other issues that so often compromise a child's ability to learn and grow?