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More than 500 authors from around the world — including Don DeLillo, Ian McEwan, Arundhati Roy and Margaret Atwood — have asked the United Nations for an international bill of digital rights. They write:
“A person under surveillance is no longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy. To maintain any validity, our democratic rights must apply in virtual as in real space.”
Meanwhile, David Simon, creator of HBO’s The Wire, comments on the recent PEN American Center survey which found that a number of American writers avoid or are considering avoiding controversial topics for fear of government surveillance. He tells Morning Edition,
“If … writers are saying they’re already self-censoring based on a dynamic in which you’ve seen the government not interpose in any significant way, it disappoints me that writers have not shown the courage of their convictions. I think it says a lot about writers — maybe more about writers than about the government.”
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"If you haven’t read Oryx and Crake yet, go buy it immediately. And save yourself a second trip by grabbing The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam while you’re at it. You can thank me later.”
Kim H. recommends MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood.
"There’s something to be said for googly eyes: at least it lets you know you’re still alive."
Wait a minute, I thought. You’re losing all perspective. You’re talking with a skull. You have no idea who this is. Would you let a skull pick you up at a bus stop? Definitely not. But on Twitter you find yourself doing all sorts of things you wouldn’t otherwise do. And once you’ve entered the Enchanted E-Forest, lured in there by cute bunnies and playful kittens, you can find yourself wandering around in it for quite some time.