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The Cultural Revolution and the History of Totalitarianism

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Cultural Revolution in China. Beginning in 1966, Mao Zedong, who had withdrawn somewhat …

Political Science

Democracy vs. Totalitarianism

25 Things You Didn't Know About Survivor

More by Josh<p><i>Survivor</i> fans, ready? Go!<p>It’s been 17 years since the landmark reality series <i>Survivor</i> first premiered, and 34 seasons later, it’s still …

Survivor cast members on players they wish were Game Changers

The 20 contestants brought back for <i>Survivor: Game Changers</i> (premiering tonight on CBS) have sized up the competition. They have discussed whom they …

STAND FOR YOURSELF – On Collective Identity

Individual and collective identity project

Watch the Survivor: Game Changers opening credits you won't see on TV

We’ve already leaked the first seven minutes of the <i>Survivor: Game Changers</i> premiere (which premieres March 8 on CBS), and now it’s time for something …

Are We In The Beginnings Of Totalitarianism?

Government spies can see everything you’re doing with your phone on a plane

If you like your privacy, don’t fly the friendly skies with your phone connected to in-flight networks. American and British intelligence have been surveilling phone use aboard civil aircraft since at least 2005, according to a new investigation by Le Monde based on secret documents from former …

Surveillance

Protect your phone from secret spyware

The smartphone has become one of the most important tools in millions of Americans’ lives. It tracks your movements, displays emails and text messages, and notifies you of every birthday and appointment. Every second, information floods your smartphone. Unless you switch them off, your apps work …

Spyware

How 'Fake News' Became Trump's Favourite Insult

<b>And why it no longer has anything to do with truth, but is all about power</b><p>Back in the mists of time, somewhere around early November, a number of …

Donald Trump

Lies, propaganda and fake news: A challenge for our age

With news sources splintering and falsehoods spreading widely online, can anything be done? Richard Gray takes an in-depth look at how we got here – and hears from the researchers and innovators seeking to save the truth.<p>Who was the first black president of America? It’s a fairly simple question …

Journalism

Is the 'Oscar Curse' Real, or Just More Fake News?

After watching <i>Moonlight</i> nab Best Picture during one of the most exciting moments in Oscar history, it took us a few hours for Madeleine and me to …

Donald Trump's 'alternative facts'

"Thoughtcrime: The Conspiracy to Stop The Principle"

Newspeak, Doublethink, and Thoughtcrime - an introduction to modern usage

George Orwell - DoubleThink

Funniest Double Speak Ever

The Doublespeak Dictionary

Orwellian doublespeak? '1984' bestseller again in wake of ‘alternative facts’ frenzy

Control DIY Projects With Your Mind

Using an open-source brain-computer interface<p>Pressing buttons with your hands is a drag. With OpenBCI, an open-source brain-computer interface, you can use your mind to control smartphones, robots, and even your friends’ limbs.<p>When DARPA funded research into a brain-computer interface, artist and …

Russian culture minister: Netflix is a US global mind control plot

The series House Of Cards, for example, whose dark dramatization about a fictional White House and its Machiavellian president reportedly so intrigued Russian President Vladimir Putin that he told his new defense minister to watch it for insights into US politics.<p>Netflix's fan base, however, does …

Russia