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Welcome to the Machine: Science, Surveillance, and the Culture of Control [Paperback]

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Machine-readable identity cards are issued to prisoners, workers, and schoolchildren around the world. Tiny ID chips track every car, shirt, and razor blade purchased from every corporate manufacturer in America. Chips track--and control--humans and other animals. Exoskeleton armor makes soldiers invincible; mind-altering drugs make them incapable of remorse. Scientists design swarms of nanoparticles as weapons to target specific ethnic groups. Governments and multinational corporations gather gigabytes of information on every citizen's race, family life, credit record, telephone conversations, employment history, buying preferences, favorite TV shows.

Welcome to Western civilization, 2004.

In their new collaboration for the "Politics of the Living" series, Derrick Jensen and George Draffan reveal the modern culture of the machine, where corporate might makes technology right, government money feeds the greed for mad science, and absolute surveillance leads to absolute control--and corruption. Through meticulous research and fiercely personal narrative, Jensen and Draffan move beyond journalism and expos to question our civilization's very mode of existence. Welcome to the Machine defies our willingness to submit to the institutions and technologies built to rob us of all that makes us human--our connection to the land, our kinship with one another, our place in the living world.

Welcome to the Machine is part of the "Politics of the Living" series, a collection of hard-hitting works by major writers exposing the global governmental and corporate assault on life.

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Pages   285
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2004
Publisher   Chelsea Green Publishing Company
ISBN  1931498520  
ISBN13  9781931498524  

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More About Derrick Jensen & George Draffan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Derrick Jensen is the prize-winning author of A Language Older than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, Listening to the Land, Strangely Like War, Welcome to the Machine, and Walking on Water. He was one of two finalists for the 2003 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, which cited The Culture of Make Believe as "a passionate and provocative meditation on the nexus of racism, genocide, environmental destruction and corporate malfeasance, where civilization meets its discontents." He writes for The New York Times Magazine, Audubon, and The Sun Magazine among many others. He is an environmental activist and lives on the coast of northern California.

Derrick Jensen currently resides in Crescent City, in the state of California. Derrick Jensen was born in 1960.

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1Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Digital Business & Culture > Culture
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Orwellian Non-fiction  Dec 18, 2006
This extremely accessible, easy read helps us make the connection between many new "security" and surveillance technologies and their very real, very scary potential when it comes to our everyday lives. This book served as a fascinating (albeit terrifying) introduction to RFID technology for me. It also exposes how stragetically the proponents of such technologies manage to attain public consent. Jensen and Draffan's "Welcome to the Machine" is a must-read for anyone concerned or even curious about the impact that these surveillance devices are beginning to have on our lives and freedoms.
Getting back to basics  Mar 20, 2006
Identity theft is about the taking, not of your papers, but of cutting close to the bone of your very being. There are many other areas where we are being manipulated by the 1%'s (The one percent who have bought, signed, sealed, and delivered your government down the river). Sadly some of our so-called leaders are buying this corporate program against the will of "we the people". Here are some of the signs of the times just around the corner or already here.
It is real , but helas it is not new !  Mar 13, 2006
I realized the control of all governments and business through power and money at the age of seven (in 1949) in History class (in another country!). You know: Aristocrats and Clergy owned all the lands and the riches and did no work, and the People, who worked very hard and paid heavy taxes. But then at age 7, I believed in Democracy overcoming the centuries of control and surveillance. There had been "people revolutions" afterall giving us this democracy. We had Republics, not Monarchies anymore.
When I grew up I voted, and supported Unions, and believed that people, together, could win eventually. (Do you remember Poland's "Solidarity" Movement? )
It has taken me many many years, the present American Government and its export of torture, and the wonderful book of Derrick Jensen, to realise that technology has added unbearable tools to "The Powers" to control the people.
And we are screwed once more. "Plus ca change plus c'est la meme chose..."
It does not matter if you are Democrats or Republicans. It does not matter if you are Americans or Chinese, Russians or Nigerians. I cry with Mr. Jensen and his co-author, to see planet Earth and its "animals" (human and non-human) going toward extinction because of the greed of the corporations and governments. And, sorry everybody, but I will not vote anymore. I will retreat my brain into some art or music study and try to calm the inner turmoil I feel right now.
I highly recommend the reading of this book by everyone who is of the age to rise up and resist. It is a very important book.
No conspiracy theory: only ignorant people who have not studied World history will say that and of course there are plenty of them around.
I have not given up hope alltogether. But I am old and tired.
Your turn.
This book WILL scare you...  Jan 20, 2006
As scary as this book is, I thank Derrick Jensen and George Draffin for writing the truth. Modern survalence is a threat to our freedom. Anybody who wants to know what those in power are doing to monitor us, or what they plan to do read this book. Not only is it full of facts, but Derrick helps you come to terms with what all of it means. People now-a-days dont have a huge problem with giving up some of their freedom for security. But what those in power are doing with this information is down right scary, and un-acceptable. It is a quick read too. It will bring up huge topics, define and break them apart, and open your eyes to modern technology; all in a days/weekends read. Overall great read. A+++
Not Jensen's best, but still worth the read.  Nov 21, 2005
Having read some of Jensen's material before, I had an idea of what to expect. With this book, the authors compare all of the attitudes and institutions of society to a machine, designed to convert "human beings to workers", to turn individuals into "cogs". Basically, the machine exists to control and direct the actions of the masses, for the purpose of achieving the goals of the few.
While I like the writing style, the second half of this book can be quite tedious. During the first half, the basis for the machine is established, and the arguments made by the authors can be humorous and compelling. As the book progresses though, I got the feeling that every point had already been made, and the rest of the book mainly consists of those points being reinforced by listing endless examples. In the chapter "Money", the author spends several pages simply listing ways in which the government spends money. While this does help to hammer the point home, it makes a tiresome read. Still, the first half of the book alone makes it worth the read, and the second half comes in handy if you get into an argument with someone and want to bombard them with facts and numbers. If you like Jensen, this book shouldn't disappoint.

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