Mind Control

OK, is this for real?

A state lawmaker is proposing a change to New York’s gun laws to allow authorities to search social media for potential red flags before approving a handgun license.

State Senator Kevin Parker’s bill would mandate that applicants provide investigators with their Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram passwords and access to their Google, Yahoo and Bing searches. The Brooklyn Democrat wants investigators to look at the last three years of an applicant’s social media postings and a year of their search histories for “any good cause for the denial of a license,” such as racial slurs, threats of violence and terrorism-related posts.

Did I just wake up in China or something? Whether it passes or not, it’s terrifying that it’s even proposed.

Social media is nothing but a sophisticated way of exercising punitive mind control. That’s all it is anymore. And we are all just agreeing dumbly.

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10 thoughts on “Mind Control”

  1. Who knew that 1984 would be this banal?
    I switched my browser over a year ago and switched my search engine months ago. Don’t know how much that helps.

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    1. Exactly. I was going to title the post “Orwellian,” by the way.

      I’m afraid to go on FB because if there are friends cheering this on, that will reduce my already limited social life.

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    2. // I switched my browser over a year ago and switched my search engine months ago. Don’t know how much that helps.

      I think denying having passwords and presenting empty search histories will be the most suspicious (lack of) evidence of all, a sure sign one has something to hide.

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      1. I think denying having passwords and presenting empty search histories will be the most suspicious (lack of) evidence of all, a sure sign one has something to hide.

        Have you never heard of a finsta?

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  2. Jeebus. I want guns out of the hands of as many people as possible as much as the next flaming liberal, but this is not the way to do it. How about sensible things like, no gun licenses for people who have ever been charged for a violent crime? (And yes I do mean charged and not convicted – like I said, flaming liberal 😉 )

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      1. “yes I do mean charged and not convicted…”

        So if some person is falsely charged with a crime and then found innocent, you’d be in favor of violating that person’s constitutional rights??

        Hey, this is America — not China!

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          1. “I think this means charged and awaiting trial.”

            So, presumed guilty until judged innocent?? That’s not the way the law works in this country.

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  3. “applicants provide investigators with their …passwords and access to their … searches”

    Not to get toooooooo paranoid, but maybe the push to make phones (rather than desktop or laptop computers) the primary digital interface is to make such snooping easier? I use two different laptops (and have used at least two others in the last couple of years) and a new laptop means reinstalling browsers (unlike phones where IINM everything can be dumped from the old phone into the new one).

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