Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Episode 32: Little Brothers Are Watching You

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Episode 32: Little Brothers Are Watching You continues the saga of the Smart TV and why, as I claimed in the last episode, Smile!, the threat is even worse than I previously mentioned. I outline actual televisions that (at least at one time) peek into far more than one's face patterns and viewing information, and insert far more than the the content requested by the viewer/owner.

I open with Chris Martenson getting all down about the current business practices with his guest, the ever-insightful John Michael Greer. I read from a blog post by someone calling themselves Doctor Beet, and we hear from a Smart TV manufacturer's video promising exactly what I and (I hope) everyone listening to the Attack Ads! Podcast would rather not ever see come to fruition. The video itself was pulled, but someone reading Dr. B's blog mirrored it; you can find it at his blog. I also read from an article describing a pop ad appearing where it was most unwanted in Australia.

We also hear from On The Media's Brooke Gladstone interviewing Representative Walter Jones in 2013 on a wonderful bit of legislation he proposed, the We Are Watching You Act of 2013 that sadly died before being signed into law. And finally I played at bit of the Dude and Walter from The Big Lebowski ruminating on the difference between Nazis and nihilists.

As always, KMFDM's "Attak" opened the show, this time with Dmitri Orlov's observations, originally made on the Extraenvironmentalist Podcast.

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