Apple’s anti-Big Brother ad more relevant after 30 years

Apple’s anti-Big Brother ad more relevant after 30 years

Thirty years on, the 1984 Super Bowl best is remembered for Apple’s iconic “1984” commercial. It included references to Big Brother and Orwell’s “1984” novel, the repressive Soviet Union during a tense part of the Cold War and the approaching 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

But it mainly took aim at IBM, whose PC in 1981 had eclipsed the Apple II as the most popular personal computer. The commercial announced the Macintosh, the graphics-oriented PC that revolutionized computing, then and since.

The Mac ripped off technology developed by Xerox PARC. But Xerox by then was a lumbering, gigantic copier company that didn’t know what it had. And IBM was the global computing giant that seemed like a monolith.

IBM in the end itself couldn’t compete with such “IBM clone” competitors as Compaq and HP (since merged), Dell and others. IBM eventually sold its PC division to Lenovo, a company ironically in the land formerly run by top commie Mao Zedong, himself one of the biggest of the Big Brothers.

Big Big Brother

It also turned today the ultimate, Big Big Brother, with its “garden of pure ideology” and “information purification,” to quote the ad, ended up being the U.S. government.

And as in the novel “1984” and the “1984” Apple commercial, the U.S. government, as we learned last summer with the revelations about the NSA, spies on absolutely everything done by everybody. Ironically, its major snooping apparat is the very Internet that has done so much to free people’s thinking. The Fourth Amendment and privacy have been completely obliterated.

It’s also a little more than ironic that this occurred under the regime of President Obama, formerly a constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago. In his 2007 book, “The Audacity of Hope,” which I read, he even pledged to restore our civil rights after the depredations of the then regnant Bush administration.

Fortunately, unlike in “1984” the novel, the Internet now is so vast that Big Brother’s functionaries can’t keep track of every subversive thought. And it works both ways. The Internet lets us look back at Big Brother. To reuse a phrase I coined the other day:

“If the Government Abyss gazes long at you, you will gaze back at the Government Abyss.”

Our current politicians were youngsters before the age of social media. But that will change. We’ll be able to read Candidate X’s un-politically correct rantings in high school. And remember, what is P.C., by definition, changes by the year. So Candidate X, will discover that 15 years later he really was anti-P.C., and therefore will not be allowed to advance up the apparat ziggurat of Big Brother.

Won’t that be fun?

That’s why there’s great hope for the future. It’s why 2014 really didn’t turn out like “1984.”

“We shall prevail,” Big Brother proclaims in the TV ad. No they won’t.

Enjoy the Super Bowl.

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  1. billybs
    billybs 2 February, 2014, 05:12

    Enjoy, but to conserve because of the drought, Go Planet Climate, Change, don t flush from kickoff to the moment a player tells the world he is going to Disney. Just think if the all the 140 million in USA watching did this. For the other 200 million or so not watching, be respectful. Yes enjoy, but keep the bathroom door closed.

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  2. Donkey
    Donkey 2 February, 2014, 07:36

    One of the most horrendous aspects of the incipient American police state is its portrayal as a benign democracy. “We’re going to make our nation safe from terrorists,” Obama sneered. This is a part of the larger propaganda campaign to make any sitting president appear to be on the citizens side. The cabal is creating precisely those conditions in America that will inevitably lead to a full-blown police state:

    •Unemployment
    •Homelessness: loss of homes due to unemployment and mortgage fraud by big banks
    •Loss of health insurance
    •The pitting of violent reactionaries against all others See what has happened to the Bill of Rights in my short 56 years the 4th Amendment is supposed to prevent unlawful search and seizure:

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    But the government is spying on everything we do … without any real benefit or justification. Indeed, experts say that the type of spying being carried out by the NSA and other agencies is exactly the kind of thing which King George imposed on the American colonists … which led to the Revolutionary War. And many Constitutional experts – such as Jonathan Turley – think that the police went too far in Boston with lockdowns and involuntary door-to-door searches.

    We have a recent case with the murder of Kelly Thomas showing that the 5th Amendment may as well be right out of “doublespeak” of 1984.

    One of the most horrendous aspects of this incipient American police state is its portrayal as a benign democracy. “We’re going to make our nation safe from terrorists,” Obama says. This is a part of the larger propaganda campaign to make any sitting president appear to be a patriot, the truth is he’s just doing the bidding of the police state, just like the show the OC DA put on at the Kelly Thomas trial. 🙂

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  3. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 2 February, 2014, 07:43

    Poor Duncey– The above is just another long boring loosely connected rant that, of course, most of us will never waste the time to read.

    I am pretty certain that once the NSA increases microwaive rad bombardment into the doomer’s bunkers ™ that we will see shorter and better written posts from the little buddies. That is so long as we can keep Duncey and the others away from their tin foil hats.

    Go Denver, and God Bless our insanely oppressive Po-Lice ™ State.

    The Ted System of anti sock puppet microwaive enablers.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 2 February, 2014, 09:22

      Seattle will win, just as the RAGWUS will fall my misogynist sidekick!! 🙂

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      • LetitCollapse
        LetitCollapse 2 February, 2014, 11:50

        Yes, Donkey. I agree. Seahawks for the win.

        Even if someone handed me a free 50 yard line ticket to the SuperBowl and paid my airfare and hotel expense I would not go. And it’s not just because of the cold weather. I would refuse to subject myself to all the security measures one is forced to go through to get into the stadium. And I would be afraid that some trigger-happy government sniper on the rooftops would blast me if I waved my cellphone in the air.

        TSA gropes us at the airport. Government snipers have us in their crosshairs at football games. NSA monitors our domestic phone calls and emails. All in the name of national security.

        But they leave the southern border wide open so that millions of illegal foreigners with unlawful motives can sneak in at will!!! LOL!!!

        ONLY IN AMERICA!!!!

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      • Ted Steele, CEO
        Ted Steele, CEO 2 February, 2014, 17:55

        Duncey– You don’t like all women? Or you don’t like women at all? Hmmmmmmm

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 2 February, 2014, 21:44

          I love all woman at all times, unlike a misogynist brute like you Steals. 🙂

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      • Ted Steele, CEO
        Ted Steele, CEO 2 February, 2014, 17:56

        Ragwid?

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  4. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 2 February, 2014, 11:36

    “The NSA doesn’t limit itself to foreign intelligence. It collects all communications that transit the United States”

    Edward Snowden – 06/06/2013

    “There is no spying on Americans. We don’t have a domestic spying program”

    Barrack H. Obama – 08/06/2013

    IOW’s if you like your privacy you can keep your privacy. No matter what. Period. lol

    You want some irony? Ever heard of the the government’s PRISM program before?

    “Equally unusual is the way the NSA extracts what it wants, according to the document: “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/us-intelligence-mining-data-from-nine-us-internet-companies-in-broad-secret-program/2013/06/06/3a0c0da8-cebf-11e2-8845-d970ccb04497_story.html

    Strange bedfellows. You surprised?

    After the 2005 season Seattle played the Steelers in the SuperBowl. The Steelers didn’t beat Seattle. The refs did. The very worst officated game in SuperBowl history. Bar none. Very suspicious.

    Unless the refs hand the game to Denver – Seattle by 9.

    Go Seahawks!!!

    OH, and good luck to the Seahawk’s DB Richard Sherman! If Seattle wins talk all the trash you want, Richard! They tell me it’s still a free country.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 2 February, 2014, 21:43

      What a blowout by the Seahawks!! 🙂

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      • LetitCollapse
        LetitCollapse 2 February, 2014, 22:01

        Manning looked terrible. I expected a better showing from him. Sounds as if he’s ready to retire. That might have been his last game.

        Pete Carroll has done a good job for Seattle. I didn’t have much respect for Pete when he ran off after the the Trojan scandal got exposed and the NCAA sanctioned USC. But he knows how to motivate players. Wherever he goes the team seems to love the guy. For that he deserves credit.

        The Seahawks played exceptional ball this season and earned the championship. Congratulations to the players and to the ’12th man’. The Seattle fans are the greatest.

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  5. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 2 February, 2014, 12:53

    Yes, your beloved Apple was on that list too. Added in Oct. 2012. lol.

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  6. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 2 February, 2014, 17:56

    Ranting even on Super Sunday El Back Peddleo?

    LMAO

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  7. billybs
    billybs 2 February, 2014, 19:51

    Homophobic comment by the planet climate change expert. One has to wonder why. Closet desires. Let it happen, don t be untrue to yourself. Ted Steel. Sounds like a porno star. I get it. The true side is revealed.

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  8. The Ted
    The Ted 2 February, 2014, 20:11

    Billybub- aren’t u following the thread little buddy? El Collapso says he’s a misogynist.

    You gotta wonder why? Homophobia? I don’t think it’s related.

    Please try to keep up.

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  9. The Ted
    The Ted 2 February, 2014, 20:12

    Billy bub, do you think I am a climate expert? Really?

    Wow

    Nice.

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  10. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 2 February, 2014, 21:00

    Teddy is the reining CWD expert on anything Fair and Balanced……he turns heads….

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 2 February, 2014, 21:42

      When Chaz Steals “turns heads” it is because he is asking them to cough!!

      What happened to your Broncos Steals? The RAGWUS is the next to fall!!! 🙂

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  11. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 3 February, 2014, 08:16

    Turn my head and cough? You mean you think I’m a doctor little buddy?

    “My” Denver Broncos?

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  12. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 3 February, 2014, 08:33

    Teddy,

    Donkey needs to schedule his well earned exit interview.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 3 February, 2014, 09:29

      UU, are you going to send a swat team to my house on the basis of a tip you received from an unnamed source. Isn’t that what the left feeding RAGWUS parasites like to do to freedom loving Americans!! 🙂

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      • Ted Steele, CEO
        Ted Steele, CEO 3 February, 2014, 12:12

        I think the NSA microwaives are finally starting to pierce the bunker in ol Duncey’s case!

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 3 February, 2014, 14:54

          Are you a swatter Chaz Steals? Why do you hate womem Chaz? The Broncos looked like really bad, sorry for your loss my loser sidekick!! 🙂

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          • Ted Steele, CEO
            Ted Steele, CEO 3 February, 2014, 15:17

            They looked awful it’s true– so glad I didn’t bet my hard earned GED pension money on them little buddy!

            You live in the Castro?

            Oh my!

          • Donkey
            Donkey 3 February, 2014, 16:11

            Chaz Steals my dear sidekick, you are the one always making innuendo about race, sexuality, and male body parts, hence my question to you living in the castro up in Frisco little sidekick.

            You licking your wounds over the game Steals? You saw how you were outed as a closet Broncos fan up above, more to it, right!! 🙂

  13. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 3 February, 2014, 17:04

    Duncey— Look , your homophobia and ultra right wingnut views notwithstanding, I have no problems at all with the Broncos! I just can’t afford to gamble on my GED very reasonable guvment pension little buddy!

    Ouuuuuuuch!

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  14. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 3 February, 2014, 18:01

    Donkey did you put on weight and the ya britches too tight! Your unusually nasty for some reason. How can we help….we feel your emotional and physical pain!

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