Posts Tagged ‘Orwell’

Le Grand Frère Vous Regarde à Paris

December 23, 2011

Le Grand Frère Vous Regarde à Paris

Tourists aren’t the only ones in Paris with cameras; les flics have them as well. 200 new surveillance cameras now spy on the streets of the French capital, and by spring there will be 1200 more. Police at video monitors will be on the lookout for crime, terrorists, traffic jams, and inappropriate tutoiement. You have been warned.


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Image (“Le Grand Frère Vous Regarde à Paris, after Caillebotte”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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Kindle: Told You So

July 25, 2009

Kindle: Told You So

Told you so. Six months ago Stephanie at UrbZen pointed out the downside of the web-based Kindle digital book reader, the ability of the content provider to alter the text without warning or reader agreement.  Her concerns were echoed by Nicholas Carr.

Amazon decided to demonstrate this principle by making digital copies of George Orwell’s 1984 disappear from devices after readers had paid for and downloaded them. Could any book be more appropriate? Here’s some initial coverage:

“Orwellian Amazon kindles Big Brother fears,” Sydney Morning Herald

“Amazon’s Orwellian Instincts,” Faster Times

“Amazon Apologizes For Its ‘Big Brother’ Move on Kindle,”

“Why did Big Brother remove paid-for content from Amazon’s Kindles?” The Guardian