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In the days and weeks ahead, it is likely to come to pass the revelation of the numerous technological violations of the law, both in Egypt and with the collaboration of American tech companies who created the equipment. In Orwell’s 1984, he writes of the infatigable power of technology, a cold heartless system ruthlessly invading areas a human being, in reality, if confronted personally, physically present with the opportunity to do the same, would turn from the prospect, either due to fear of legal repercussions, or a moral fabric would prevent the invasion. The fusion of technology and political pursuit has created an atmosphere that brings with it protests of an entire nation, that follows with those of an entire continent and a spirit felt worldwide. Freedoms are those ideals which when left unguarded are lost, quickly.

“Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism as I know it,” said Orwell ten years after his time in Spain during the 1937 fight against Franco and his Nazi supported fascists.

Orwell, known for his left of left political views, mostly because he was not part of the British Labour Party, that in his view was already fascist, wrote a story in the book 1984 that little did we understand in the year of the same name how in the 21st Century we would be living double-think. Thomas Pynchon’s foreword in the book points out Emmanuel Goldstein’s The Theory and Practice of Oligarchial Collectivism does a thorough job of describing double-think as a discipline where believing two contradictory truths to be true at the same time, or the ability to compartmentalize -- psychologists call it cognitive dissonance.

Technology is 2011’s double-think. It is at once good and bad. The consequence of the tech is in the hands of the moral fiber behind it. Society can on the one hand spur an entire movement to upend a brutal regime, and on the other with real-time traffic intelligence smack those freedoms down with brutal detentions and GPS’ing and monitoring of International news crews and dissidents’ communications. Disturbing imagery from these protests are very powerful in the creation of international support. In an instant, a Blackberry video can go viral on the Net, creating a genuine empathetic backing of a people seeking freedom from brutality. Perhaps those who know most about the double-think of technology are the Egyptian protestors currently, and historically dissidents in China.

The 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and subsequent massacre were the direct result of the power of dissent under a regime. While the Beijing students began their rebellion with an outpouring of support for a revered political leader, they did not yet have the advantage of technology like those in Egypt do right now. Even still, today the Tiananmen Square massacre is a banned subject on the Chinese Internet. Squashing dissent was easy in 1989, but is even easier in the 21st Century with the invention of Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), content-filtering technology that allows network managers to inspect, track and target content from Internet users and mobile phones as it passes through routers on the Web. Technology is a road that could lead to the rabbit hole.

“Oceania was at war with Eastasia. A large part of the political literature of five years was now completely obsolete. Reports and records of all kinds, newspapers, books, pamphlets, films, soundtracks, photographs—all had to be rectified at lightning speed. Although no directive was ever issued, it was known that the chiefs of the Department intended that within one week no reference to the war with Eurasia, or the alliance with Eastasia, should remain in existence anywhere,” said Orwell’s 1984.

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Kriss Perras
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Kriss Perras owns Ruptured Media where she publishes Malibu Arts Journal. Ruptured Media is also a story development company. Kriss has been tenacious and fought authority from the very start of her career in journalism. Kriss' first story as a journalist was for her college newspaper covering George W. Bush and Steve Forbes in the Iowa Caucuses during the 2000 election. She showed up at the hotel where Bush was to speak with her editor's letter of assignment in hand. She credentialed at the press desk like every other press person. She had questions in hand she had prepared to ask the Presidential candidate. She walked into the speaking room to find the press was roped off from the candidate. Being new to election coverage, and journalism, she was disappointed. She stood next to a seasoned AP photographer on the press platform. She asked the AP photographer if she could get out from behind the ropes and ask Bush her questions. The AP photographer said, "Well, you can try." So she did. She stepped out from behind the ropes and waited in line behind the people seeking the candidate's autograph. When it was her turn, she introduced herself to Bush as a college journalist and started to ask her questions. Bush said, " Wait, are you a journalist?" She said, "Yes." Bush nodded to his Secret Service team. They promptly came over on each side of her. She was 5'6" tall and weighed 127 pounds. The Secret Service men were well over a foot taller than her and obviously guys who worked out often. They could pick her up with their pinky fingers. They quickly picked her up by her arms, carried her over the ropes and plopped her back down on the press platform as she was still asking Bush her questions. Bush to his credit said, "Please give her one of my books. The answers to her questions are in my book." So she had to read his entire book, but she indeed found the answers to her questions. She also drew political cartoons for her college newspaper and still does today. Her next big break came in 2002, still as a student, with an interview with former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brezinski. Kriss went on in 2006 to found PCH Press, Malibu's daily newspaper. With PCH Press, she had extensive coverage of the battle against LNG and the fight against the placement of an LNG port being placed off the coast of Malibu and Oxnard, among other local news. She has covered Olara Otunnu, former United Nations Undersecretary General and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict when he spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She covered Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman when she spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She has interviewed Progressive David Swanson and numerous Malibu Mayors. In 2007, She founded Malibu Arts Journal magazine. Kriss built Malibu Arts Journal from the ground up. She has taken the magazine from an unknown dot com to a respected title. She earned the magazine digital distribution through Magzter and the iTunes App Store where it now enjoys broad based readership across the globe. She is a member of the national honor society Who's Who In American Universities And Colleges. Her photogrpahy has aired on CMTV channel 14 Spokane, Washington. *Photo Copyright 2017: Alan Weissman
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