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Mindf*ck

Inside Cambridge Analytica’s Plot to Break the World
Narrated by: Graham Halstead
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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Summary

From whistle-blower Christopher Wylie, the definitive story of the Brexit coup, the making of Bannon's America and an ongoing crime against democracy.

What if you could peer into the minds of an entire population? What if you could target the weakest with rumours that only they saw?

In 2016, an obscure British military contractor turned the world upside down. Funded by a billionaire on a crusade to start his own far-right insurgency, Cambridge Analytica combined psychological research with private Facebook data to make an invisible weapon with the power to change what voters perceived as real.

The firm was created to launch the then unknown Steve Bannon's ideological assault on America. But as it honed its dark arts in elections from Trinidad to Nigeria, 24-year-old research director Christopher Wylie began to see what he and his colleagues were unleashing.

He had heard the disturbing visions of the investors. He saw what CEO Alexander Nix did behind closed doors. When Britain shocked the world by voting to leave the EU, Wylie realised it was time to expose his old associates. The political crime of the century had just taken place - the weapon had been tested - and nobody knew.

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Let down by the author's smugness

I was really looking forward to listening to this, and the story COULD have been great; there is intrigue, scandal, and James Bond-esque bad guys. But it was sorely let down but the whiney tone of the author (and the person reading it), his obvious uber-liberal worldview, his constant harping on about his homosexuality (and frequent awkward references to "cute bois" etc; no one cares, hun!) and his subtle and not so subtle belittling of anyone who disagrees with him. He can't see that all of this was actually HIS idea (which he does admit to) and that he could have pulled out (so to speak) at any point. It would be great if someone less of a pr1ck re-wrote it.

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Masterpi*ece

Excellent, insightful, eye opening. Highly recommended (as I have to many friends) to anyone who cares about democracy.

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#mindf*cked by #christoperWylie

#mindf*cked by #christoperWylie
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i could say a lot but (realise that to [try to] do so is misplaced ego [‘clever’ enough to comment but not {ever} ‘clever enough’ to come up with or write the {a} book]), so will say only this
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if you haven’t #read (or listened to) this book ~
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••• and use any ‘platform’, ‘#smartDevice’, ‘#smartPhone’, #smartTv, download and or use any app, shop online, basically use the #interNET 🎣🎣🎣 at all, in any form whatsoever •••
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~ READ IT (LISTEN TO IT)
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this #book is an important and useful read and introduced to me the concept of #digitalLiteracy (a term Brittany Kaiser used in her book).
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‘we’ need to seriously start to look at these ‘things’ and start educating ourselves just as to the dangers these #digitalPlatforms and #smartDevices and #Apps etc. potentially (invisibly) represent/ pose 🤔🤔🤔
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(i’m not a ‘clever man’) aware i am a 🐑🐑🐑 like any other ([maybe] more so) 🤔🤔🤔
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#BELIEVEeverythingCONSIDERnothing
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#believeNOTHINGconsiderEVERYTHING 🤔🤔🤔
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concepts i can not speak without ‘name checking’ #williamSBurroughs
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#everythingIsTrueNothingIsPermitted
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#nothingIsTrueEverythingIsPermitted
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#thought #concepts #thoughtConcepts written 50 odd years ago 🚀🚀🚀 🛰🛰🛰 🛸🛸🛸 👽👽👽 🖖🖖🖖
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that i have JUST THIS SECOND discovered (#iNet 🎣🎣🎣 searched) was in actual fact the result of William S. Burroughs fascination within the story of Hassan-i-Sabbah and included the motto, "Nothing is true; everything is permitted"...
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FROM: the #Alamut (Bartol novel)
#Novel by #VladimirBartol published in #1938
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#everyDayIsASchoolDay == every SECOND
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#🐋👫🤖👽

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Very very important. I was surprised!

I saw the great hack documentary, and read Brittany kaiser's book first. She did not place Christopher wylie in good light. So I had my doubts about this book. Even hesitated to buy it. It started out very generic, but soon became very detailed and intriguing. I was highly surprised! Turned out to be very very good! I highly recommend this. Its so important and if we don't pay attention, we are all going to suffer as nations and societies. Unless you are very rich and therefore above petty concerns like digital and human rights. Please read. Seriously.

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mindf*cking unbelievable

hard to put in words where we go from here

great insights to this disgusting world we've allowed zuck and co to create

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MUST READ

This book is a must read. I knew a little bit about how data and used and abused but to the extent that this happens is quite shocking. Somewhat entertaining too.

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A Must Read for Everyone

Essential reading for understanding how vulnerable we are to manipulation and control via social media. Democracy is not safe until we change the law governing social media and other information gathering platforms. More than that though this is an entertaining and fascinating story, a wild ride, intelligent, thoughtful and ultimately hopeful.

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Mind Is fucked

Fascinating, fantastic story!

I really never grasped this story as it was happening!

A terrifying explanation of a situation happening right around us!

I’ve already started changing my behaviour!

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  • 04-02-20

A must listen

Listen to this fabulous and frightening account of phycological warfare and the tools created to manipulate political outcomes. Watch "The Great Hack". Wake up.

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liberal lies

gay genocide surviving liberal bollox threw up agter 25 mins utter garbage, leftie nonsense gay

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  • 10-03-20

Great book spoiled by personal vendetta

Fantastic story. Should not have been so focused on authors personal relationships with the characters and more focused on the actual events.

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  • 29-11-19

Brilliant and Educational.

loved it. not only did the author detail what happened and how it happened, but the level of detail is sufficient for a practioner of software to reproduce the systems of SCL and their successes. the Trinidad project however is appaling.