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  •  to be fair (2+ / 0-)
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    quill, RiveroftheWest

    ... I think Max Barry is pretty smart and pretty well-informed. It's true he telescoped his rendering of networked information, market segmentation, and presentation of information tailored to individuals -- in order to dramatize it. For me, it wasn't so palatable that his dramatization undermined the presentation of what Barry does know because it took reality and presented it as a (to me) easily-dismissed conspiracy theory ... the secret-organization and super-power thing. I'm all for entertainment, and others may enjoy news of the real world presented in jarringly exaggerated guise ... but the book left me feeling a bit queasy to see some of the most serious, police-state-component issues of our time rendered with what I read as a this isn't really happening, it's just a story subtext.

    •  Actually, I was thinking more about the use of NLP (2+ / 0-)
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      Steve Masover, RiveroftheWest

      There's a world of difference between Psychology research and marketing techniques that seek to improve persuasion, and mind control. It's troubling when an author equates those because there are many people who would accept that as the truth.

      Reminds me of Michael Crichton's stories, which often used a framework of real science and technology, and stretched it to impossible extremes, usually with an "out of control, slippery slope" element, and underlying conservative moralistic critique of scientists, the government, society, etc.

      "Tell the truth and run." -- Yugoslav proverb

      by quill on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 05:01:19 PM PST

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