The Hidden History of Big Brother in America
How the Death of Privacy and the Rise of Surveillance Threaten Us and Our Democr acy
by Thom Hartmann
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Pub Date 08 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 08 Apr 2022
Most Americans are worried about how companies like Facebook invade their privacy and harvest their data, but many people don’t fully understand the details of how their information is being adapted and misused. In this thought-provoking and accessible book, Thom Hartmann reveals exactly how the government and corporations are tracking our every online move and using our data to buy elections, employ social control, and monetize our lives.
Hartmann uses extensive, vivid examples to highlight the consequences of Big Data on all aspects of our lives. He traces the history of surveillance and social control, looking back to how Big Brother invented whiteness to keep order and how surveillance began to be employed as a way to modify behavior. As he states, “The goal of those who violate privacy and use surveillance is almost always social control and behavior modification.”
Along with covering the history, Hartmann shows how we got to where we are today, how China—with its new Social Credit System—serves as a warning, and how we can and must avoid a similarly dystopian future. By delving into the Constitutional right to privacy, Hartmann reminds us of our civil right and shows how we can restore it.
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This is the first book I have read from Thom Hartmann and I am hooked and want to read more of his books because The Hidden History of Big Brother in America was on point. It is a warning of not what can come but what is happening currently, and I think A.I. will add to this Big Brother in America concerns. The information is interesting, alarming, and makes you aware of the times that we live in and how important checking the policies being voted on by the officials we vote into an office can be. I have already told at least three people to check out this book because it is very well written and I will continue to recommend it because it's that good.