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u/soyuzman · 57 pointsr/Bitcoin

For anyone who has not read 1984 from Georges Orwell here is a link to Amazon to purchase and educate yourselves. Just imagine the same story but with a Philip K. Dick twist integrating 21st-century tracking technology on citizens.

u/mathemasexual · 27 pointsr/UIUC

There are actually several reasons more security cameras would be a bad idea. Here are some reasons from the ACLU. In addition to that, security cameras are reactive and not proactive. In other words, they do not prevent crime, they only make it easier to catch the criminal (sometimes). They might make you feel safer causing you to let your guard down thereby making you ironically more vulnerable. Security cameras also create an environment of mistrust which divides not only the University from the surrounding community (already a huge issue in Chambana) but also students from the administration which is always watching (George Orwell wrote a great book on this called 1984.) And finally, to expand on a point made by the ACLU, UI already has a surprising number of security cameras (1028 as of 2014, Source) and monitoring all of that video is tedious work which requires hiring new staff and expanding an already bloated administration and/or police force, which is scarcely something the University can afford, especially without a state budget.

u/meta_perspective · 24 pointsr/news

It is currently $6.00 on Amazon:

To anyone that wants to read it, it is probably the best $6.00 you'll spend this year.

u/HoorayInternetDrama · 11 pointsr/networking

I'd pick:

  • Dantes Inferno. Each layer brings you closer to the end user.
  • The Prince. A good book to help understand why that asshat manager is still employed.
  • Brave new world. Best read to help understand your work place
  • 1984. Understand why you exist to sling bits.

    You might think this is supposed to be a funny post. It's not. I'm very serious, these books will help you navigate most situations. The technical part is just a footnote tbh.
u/ajaxanc · 9 pointsr/artificial

"Big Brother is watching you." - George Orwell

I would say I disagree with this and that it's even unnerving but the reality is that is the world we live in now. If you haven't read George's 1984 you should. Very interesting parallels to our society today (globally, not just in the U.S.).

u/finalremix · 9 pointsr/Cyberpunk

Free link to be put on the NSA metadata watchlist for the lazy:

u/mytest135 · 7 pointsr/google

There's a great peice floating around Facebook right now, about the safety officer on site at a school and how he, with basic training, saved the day with his gun. The piece states no one was harmed thanks to him.

The grain of truth to it is that the guy is real, and the event happened. A kid still died, not just the shooter. And the man was an ex swat member, not just a good guy with a gun.

>Trust big brother. This is what your advocating for.

There was a guy posting on Twitter the other day about how a kid who shot up another school was planning on targeting Disney -- but they have armed guards, so he changed his mind. Fox news had run a story on that same subject.

None of it was true. Not a lick of it. The kid had been to Disney with his family months before - that was it. The guy has over a hundred thousand people following him, and the tweet was retweeted to reach millions. All lies, but the comments were certain it was real.

>Trust big brother. This is what your advocating for.

I'm not suggesting that we trust all censorship, but I am stating unequivocally that there needs to be some. People aren't dumb, they're just extremely likely to believe whatever already fits their narrative.

u/LazyJones1 · 7 pointsr/suggestmeabook
u/itchytweed · 6 pointsr/InsightfulQuestions


I think a society that encouraged/mandated exercise and had no stigma for therapy would be much healthier one. In some cases, I think "freedom of ideas" make people lonely and therefore depressed. But that could easily be fixed by teaching more tolerance for those who have different ideas than yours.


I'm interested to know how old you are. Not to judge your thoughts, but to judge your experiences. As an adult, have you ever sat on your kitchen floor attempting to eat an entire cake just because you could? That's freedom. And yeah, it's not necessarily healthy, but if you only do it once a year, it's not necessarily unhealthy either.

The problem with regulations is - humans are complicated. You will never be able to write a set of rules that encompasses the whole of human complexity. Many people would be severely stressed out by having to follow all the rules. Mandatory anything for people with disabilities would be borderline impossible. Have you read 1984? Or ever read To Kill a Mockingbird how the one family was allowed to not go to school?

Plus, what we learn continues to change. Did you know that organic food is no different chemically from GMOs? You could say coffee and wine serves no nourishing purpose and should be banned, however it's been shown that having a stress-relieving substance like wine can help you live longer when had in moderation.

What about religion? Some people believe the belief in such a delusion is harmful to brains, thought processes, and society. While others take great comfort in their god(s) and it helps them navigate life with less stress. Who gets to make the decision on which is allowed? China's plan isn't working out too well.

We should enable citizens live healthy lives - healthcare, healthy food, mental health services, paid time off for mental health (naps, etc), community centers, limit access to harmful substances. But I do not agree in any way that it would be possible to create a utopia under such strict guidelines.

u/Mr_TheKid · 5 pointsr/politics

Just in case you're serious, or for anyone who hasn't read it,
George Orwell's "1984"

Youtube audiobook link

In 5 minutes

u/Red_Ed · 4 pointsr/SF_Book_Club

In the light of recent events ...

1984by George Orwell.

NSA gets what they want...

u/daveasaurus · 3 pointsr/chicago

That's too bad - are they obscure books of some kind (which the libraries won't have)? Or are they super popular books (which are likely to be checked out and therefore won't show up)?

If you want to try searching for the books at the library's main search site: here, let me know if any results turn up by searching that way.

My app may not search the way you expect it to: it gets a book's ISBN from Amazon, it looks up related ISBNs (most books have many ISBNs due to different editions, different publishers, etc, 1984 for instance has ~100ish ISBNs), and then feeds those ISBNs into the CPL library search. But, in the README at the github repo I mention the CPL library search fails/times-out if you feed it more than 5-7ish ISBNs at a time. So to mitigate this I only search for 5 at a time, and I don't bother searching for more than 20 - if I searched for every ISBN, 5 at a time, it could take a while to retrieve results, parse results, retrieve more results, etc., so I only use the 20 most recent ISBNs and make the assumption that this is sufficient (it is for my needs) - but it is possible that some or many of your books do exist in the system and may actually be available. (I have ~50 books on my wishlist, roughly 40 of them show up as available by my app, popular items such as the Steve Jobs biography or 1Q84 don't show up because they're always checked out/reserved).

u/zachalicious · 3 pointsr/amazon

I'm guessing you're looking at the books available from all sellers? In which case sort by price+shipping+tax to get an idea of how much the book will actually cost. A book that's $5.99 with free shipping is cheaper than a book listed at $0.01 + $6.99 shipping. Then just find the cheapest option that is in a condition that you will find acceptable. If you only want new, there is a way to filter for that. Here is a description of what the different conditions mean

For example, here is a link to the book 1984 as available from all sellers. Off to the left you'll see the filters for shipping options ("Prime" or "Free Shipping") as well as the filters for condition. Then just above the listings is the button to sort either by "price + shipping" or "price + shipping + tax." Select the latter to get the true final cost.

u/Bizkitgto · 3 pointsr/conspiracyundone

> Fiction is just a mirror of reality for the most part. Many things that happen in fiction don’t even happen here. But as far as pain and sadness. Joy and love, life and death, it’s all real here. Here it’s real. - Lucian Bane

Fiction that mirrors reality and challenges the reader is more of what we need, the books i listed below have shaped my view of the world in a very thought-provoking way.

Other stuff out there, the pop-fiction, the garbage or crack cocaine for the brain is as bad as TV. Hollywood panders to the masses. Did you know Hollywood usually has two different versions for films released in America and Europe? Yep, that's right - Hollywood dumbs down movies for American audiences. Everything in media these days is centered around comic books and video games - the modern day opiates of the masses.

Some notable fiction that should be required reading:

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/Libertarian

Exactly. The prison state wants the people to police themselves, then the state has ultimate control. Hotdogcop, I recomend you read 1984

u/egeerdogan · 3 pointsr/Turkey
u/amigocesar · 3 pointsr/Catholicism

Just finished Orwell's 1984 about a month ago and I'm close to finishing Ready Player One. Both have been really great. As far as spiritual reading, I'm always reading something by St. Josemaría and am currently reading Chesterton's St Francis.

u/4-1-3-2 · 3 pointsr/radiohead

Quite a few books have been referenced in interviews - here's some of the ones I think I remember. They're all very good books despite any association with Radiohead, by the way.

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

The Crying of Lot 49 (also V. and Gravity's Rainbow)


The Hitchhiker Guide

The Divine Comedy

No Logo

Brave New World

Cat's Cradle

Stanley Donwood

u/TehRawk · 3 pointsr/KotakuInAction
u/Clementinesm · 2 pointsr/books tracks sales from the different Amazon websites globally. Specifically, you can go to the charts subsection and see a graph of the past two years of 1984's sales rank (not the number of sales, but the actual ordinal position). Yes, it does spike every year around this time, but it's not been in this high position recently. The news shouldn't so much be that it is mymber 1, but that it is the highest it's been in a long time (and in fact cannot get in any higher position). Do not just contradict me without first providing facts and evidence and analysis. Yes it does peak at the beginning of Spring semester, but that obviously is not the only (or significant) reason why

u/edheler · 2 pointsr/preppers

Dystopias that everyone should read:

u/IhrFrauen · 2 pointsr/TumblrInAction

>we need to start monitoring what people say online and in person

Hey... I know a book about that. Here you go!

u/prepperjournalist103 · 2 pointsr/preppers

My personal favorites are influenced by the most-likely scenario for me, so here they are, if you need some recommendations for similar movies, just ask, I'll be more than happy to help.

Movies: Tomorrow When The War Began (2010), Red Dawn (2012), Goodbye World (2013).

TV Series: The Walking Dead, that's it. Don't even need to link it, we all know it.

Books: Going Home (entire series) by A. American., 1984 by George Orwell.

Games: none, I don't play anything, anywhere. I guess I could say 'I ain't playing', I'll show myself out.

Bonus edit: Full Movie: Tomorrow When the War Began

u/formode · 2 pointsr/blog

Orwell's 1984

Actually, use qgyh2's affiliate link: 1984

u/NoCowLevel · 2 pointsr/atheism
u/JackFucington · 2 pointsr/watchpeopledie

History is cyclical and it tends to repeat itself. Maybe you should be a little more concerned with educating yourself on what your side of the political spectrum was responsible for in the 20th century. I could care less about your personal experience fallacy, those tend to be extremely bias based on the worldview the person wants to portrait and they tend to ignore what statistics say, and in this case the statistics for Europe are quite damning.

If you don't think that it can happen again you are very naive. You live in a world where it is still happening. Socialism has destroyed Venezuela right before our eyes, plain as day, and there is nothing you or I can do about it and no government that cares to intervene, nor should they. North Korea is a relic from the 20th century and one big Gulag. China, a world superpower is a great example of a country that censors the data in/data out that you are referring to. Read The Will to Power by Nietzsche, The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn (even if its just the abridged version, it is a masterpiece and changed my life), and Orwell's 1984. Read these and then cross reference what you learn with current political climate regarding political correctism, left wing authoritarian political systems in your countries over there that compel speech and ban certain idea's and criticisms, your governments collectivist policies and your firearm policies. After you read them you should be able to see striking similarities to your current political landscape and you will know just how close you are to the edge. At very least you will escape the ideological bubble you seem to be in.

u/angry_skinny_Jesus · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

1.I have indeed.

2.1984 by George Orwell Go for used, please!

3.Delirium by Lauren Oliver. This book, and really just the entire series are addicting. (I read all three in just under a week.) Love is a disease, and falling in love means having your brain scrambled.. It's this whole crazy thing.

4.Christmas is for reading!!

u/SmallFruitbat · 2 pointsr/YAwriters

Adult Dystopian Recommendations:

  • Oryx and Crake – Jimmy/Snowman coasts through life fueled mainly by ennui. His only rebellion is to be mediocre when his advantages in society (white, upper (maybe middle) class, Western male) have him poised for success. Glenn/Crake deliberately turns himself into the Big Bad in order to correct the wrongs he sees in society. Whether his main issue is with human nature, sucking the planet dry, socially stratified capitalist society, willful ignorance, or insatiety and curiosity is unclear. Oryx sees it all and accepts them all, knowing that she’s too unimportant to do anything except pick up the pieces and provide comfort in the meantime.

  • The Year of the Flood – The world and especially capitalist society is stacked against you, but resourcefulness and an open mind will serve you well.

  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Quiet rebellions like memory and record-keeping can be subversive also. But it’s only actions that set the stage for change. And the people you (maybe?) save will interpret everything differently from your intentions anyways.

  • Never Let Me Go – Is it truly a dystopia when only a small group is affected? If you’re thinking of reading this, do not under any circumstances watch the movie trailer. The slow build to “something is not quite right” is part of the charm.

  • Into the Forest – Literary fiction. More about acceptance and regression to a [“natural”](#s "and feminist, which apparently means incestuous but Deep! and Thematically! incestuous") state.

  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress – Historical fiction about Chinese reeducation camps, but still pretty dystopian. Bourgeois teenage boy questions his educated, upper-class roots and teaches peasant love interest about Western literature. [She](#s "abandons him for a capitalist dream because the lesson she took from it was that love was worthless. Basically, they both take away the worst parts of each other’s starting philosophies and smash them together.")

  • Wild Ginger – If historical fiction is happening, why not another Cultural Revolution one? If you keep your head down, you might just survive long enough to grow up and really see the hypocrisy – stuff even greater than what you saw as a kid.

  • 1984 – Isn’t this more about how the system will break you and leave you a husk of your former self if you trust anyone completely? So you should be smart and skeptical and never assume things are in your best interest just because someone’s telling you so.

  • Brave New World – Have to admit, at 12 this had me thinking that maybe fascism wasn’t such a bad idea after all. The despair and existential crisis aspects weren’t hitting me then: I just noticed how happy almost everyone else was.

  • The Road – All about bleakness and futility and carrying on because the hope of family’s the only good thing left?

  • Fahrenheit 451, where the people in charge are corrupt specifically concerning that thing you're fighting against.

  • World War Z – I’m almost hesitant to call this dystopian, because even though it’s about a freaking zombie apocalypse, it’s uplifting to hear all the stories of human resourcefulness and ingenuity and the mental strength you didn’t think was there. Of course, some of the stories covered are “logical responses” gone bad.

    YA-ish Dystopian Recommendations:

  • Feed – It doesn’t work out for the only [person](#s "(Violet)") who truly fought the system (she’s beaten down so horribly that it’s heartbreaking that even the reader wants to look away), but she does technically inspire one other person to at least notice what’s going on in the world, even if it’s probably too late.

  • Hunger Games – Katniss is really only involved because she has nowhere else to go. Side characters have real motivations for being involved, but she really is a figurehead along for the ride and that’s OK. The story is about that and how she copes.

  • The Selectioncough Popcorn cough. America is highly motivated by money (For her struggling family, of course). Ignoring the love triangle stuff, her ideal is to move from serfdom to literally any other [political system.](#s "And this never happens. The political buildup you see in The Selection and The Elite is stomped all over in the vapid cheesecake of the love hexagon finale.")

  • Incarceron & Sapphique – Finn’s rebellion is that he just wants out to someplace that must be better. Claudia lives in artificial luxury and rebels mostly just for personal rebellion, not anyone else’s sake.

  • The Giver – Probably more MG, but how did running away from one collective society automatically become “capitalism is best?” Jonah runs away because he’s learned enough to make his own moral decisions about one of the helpless members of his society (and artificial protection sounds socialist to me). I can’t remember reading the sequels.

  • The Book Thief – Again, MG and historical fiction about a bombed out German town in WWII, but I think a setting like that qualifies it as dystopian. Technically, Liesl fights the system by stealing (possibly forbidden) books from the wealthy and by not reporting the Jew in the basement, but that last one is just showing loyalty to her new family. Her entire upbringing predisposed her to not trust the System, especially a War System, anyways.

    Other Dystopias:

  • Matched and Delirium will be considered together because they are the same damn book, right down to the Boy-Who-Could-Have-Been-Chosen-If-Not-For-Rebellion! and the protagonist’s government-approved hobby. Delirium has better writing. Matched is easier to read and has more likable characters. We get it, teenagers should be allowed to date who they like and mommy and daddy non-biological guardians shouldn’t say no. Also, it sucks to have a guidance counselor Make A Schedule for you in order to prepare you for an office job equivalent that’s full of busywork but one of the few respectable positions left. The horror! Seriously, in what world is that rebelling against socialism? You know, that thing that promotes trade schools and equal rights for everyone, even the people you don’t personally like?

  • Divergent – I’m going to let someone else handle that one because urgh. I know a lot of people like it, and it’s YA, so someone else, please support, qualify, or refute.

    I’d also be curious to hear what /u/bethrevis has to say about the societies on Godspeed and elsewhere and where they fit into this opinion piece.

    Guys, I think I just wrote an English essay. And probably put more work into it than I did in high school. And I won’t even get an A because it’s the internet and we deal solely in lolcats.

    But tl;dr: Adult dystopias (that I’ve read) tend to be about the futility of existence or the necessity of self-sacrifice to get a result. The YA dystopias I liked were a little more hopeful (usually) and didn’t support this opinion piece’s thesis. The ones I didn’t like made me understand the hate for dystopias.
u/fierywords · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

The Catcher in the Rye is a pretty good gateway book for more literary fiction.

1984 and Animal Farm will probably appeal to your SF tendencies.

If you want something more contemporary, maybe try The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. It has to do with comic books...

u/nuttyp · 1 pointr/Libertarian

> we will, for the first time, truly have to work together as a race. it is the only way we can survive getting out of this century,

I'm fairly confident that given historical trend we will emerge from this century just fine. Admittedly if you believe in the notion of the Four Turnings, then we could very well be in a 4th cycle which could mean that we are due for a crisis. This doesn't surprise me considering the current climate we have in socio-geopolitics.

>beyond a bit of cold war propaganda being replaced maybe lol. the individual would influence their education, the community would provide it

This is why I tried my best to qualify my statements with some historical considerations. The cold war propaganda was nothing in comparison to what really happened. The Gulag Archipelago does a good job exposing the "entire aparatus of Soviet repression".

I know it's a bit unfair to throw in references like that (especially a massive book like Gulag Archipelago). At the very least, I think you should at a minimum revisit Orwell's classic 1984. George Orwell himself states that he's a democratic socialist, despite having written one of the greatest book against totalitarian socialism.

u/9877654432110 · 1 pointr/google

Trust big brother. This is what your advocating for.

u/JasonDJ · 1 pointr/funny
u/Phantom-viper · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Cool contest!

I like this physics book for college but it's slightly over 10.00, so if that is too far 1984 happened to have a price drop at the same time as prime day. Good luck all! Which deal should I take?!

u/Apoplecticmiscreant · 1 pointr/conspiracy

Allow me to explain... it's a book. You know, those things made of paper, with pages. You click the linky above, and then you use your eye balls, and you read words on the pages. They are scary words. Words about the darkest parts of human nature. Words that will make your thoughts that you yourself posted here, seem absurd even to you after you've read them. Ask mommy or daddy to buy that book for you.

There, now I was a prick.

u/NeverwinterRNO · 1 pointr/RandomActsOfGaming

Well given the recent events going on in our real politics I suggest "1984"

u/KoKansei · 1 pointr/Anarcho_Capitalism

> Have you seen predictions from long ago about what life in the 2000s would look like? They were usually pretty far off.

Some of them were off. Others got pretty close to the mark.

u/G0ATLY · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

whiskey in the jar-oh


Thank you!

u/ziddina · 1 pointr/exjw

No. 1984. Ray Franz released his first edition of "Crisis of Conscience" in 1983, so that's probably where you've gotten confused. You can preview "1984" at this link:

u/jeankev · 1 pointr/gaming

Itunes is a bad example as an album on itunes is the exact same price as a physical album.

Amazon is also a bad example, physical books are often the same price, sometimes cheaper than digital (see and

For video games, the only network I know (PSN) sells new game at the exact same price as physical media (The last of Us is at 70$ right now on PSN). Old video games have lower prices, exactly just like your local retailer.

Companies make saving on digital market, that does not mean customer make saving as well.

u/Aenir · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting

Not if its paperback at least; 1984 is $8 on Amazon.

u/internetideamachine · 0 pointsr/GGFreeForAll

>Words change. Words mean different things in different places.

Nothing creepy and Orwellian about that, nope, nuh uh

u/killien · 0 pointsr/PoliticalDiscussion

no, the book

it's free online. you should read it.