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Duplicitous Doublespeak

Posted by on March 26, 2017.

Part of what I like about ITSecurity.co.uk is this Technology / Political mix. In addition, if you will bear with me, I will tie this post back to technology.

We have fully entered the Orwellian Doublespeak age. We have not only entered this doublespeak world, we have embraced this very duplicitous speak in our very natures. In so many ways, we have abandoned our foundations. We have sown the wind and are reaping the whirlwind. In a democracy or republic, politics is always a reflection of the society that put these people in charge.

A great example in the US was Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid falsely accusing then presidential candidate Mitt Romney of failing to pay taxes. It was a lie and the Senate Minority Leader knew it was a lie when he said it from the hallowed senate floor! Two years later when confronted about said lie, the senator smiled and said “No, I don’t regret that at all” and “Romney didn’t win, did he?” with a smirk on his face.

The fear in a republic is when the First Amendment is so abused by the press that it renders their use of such freedom null and void. Because members of the press have been so raised, they do not recognize their own duplicitous nature.  For example, the last US President was caught on a hot mic telling Russian President Dmitri Medvedev he would have more flexibility to negotiate on issues like missile defense after the 2012 election.

That received little mainstream press coverage, zero outrage and zero investigations. Yet the current US President’s staff saying hello to a Russian ambassador has created full-on investigations. Moreover, it created headline vs story copy like:

The NY Times Headline: Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence

In the story: “The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such cooperation.”

CNN Headline: Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign

In the Story: “Officials emphasized that communications between campaign staff and representatives of foreign governments are not unusual.”

The point is overt bias in the US press. On top of this bias is a populous devoid of a critical thought process. Nevertheless, how does any of this relate to technology?

I am amused at the current righteous indignation fury I see flowing across the globe. During the last presidential campaign there was a commercial from one candidate playing the rather harsh words of the other candidate, while the glow from a TV flashed on the faces of confused and troubled children. What I found “interesting” was immediately after those commercials the vilest inappropriate TV shows played.

Duplicitous – you bet! The other day I watched a child play a computer game in front of his parents that contained extremely vulgar language. So let us talk about another elephant in the room… Internet Pornography. There is nothing that a young child cannot see free on the Internet. We as adults have simply ignored the issue. In the US, if a strip club pops up anywhere near a school there is immediate action taken to shut it down. Yet, pipe in pure electric sex to children’s bedrooms and we ignore it, as if it is not happening. When the adult industry was given approval by ICANN to launch their own special Top Level Domain (sTLD), it might have been a good time to start thinking in terms of some segmentation to protect innocent children but nothing happened.

I don’t condemned people’s views nor their desire to want better, however wanting better in one area while totally ignoring everything else going on around them seems… duplicitous to me.

 


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