Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Netflix movie about fighting for justice in the late 1960s is more relevant than ever.
Newt Gingrich's supposed smartness is rather indiscriminate, when examined closely. Newt has what he considers 10 or 12 brilliant ideas each day, which he is in the habit of just tossing out for discussion.
In 1968 our country was in turmoil. And it was the year I grew a social conscience, thanks largely to my 25-year-old English teacher, Mr. Goggin. Mr. G. taught us there actually was a whole world outside of our little Newton, Mass. universe.
Like the rest of Danny Schecter's admirers, I was shocked and saddened to hear he died. It seems that my whole relationship with this mighty thinker was about unfinished business.
There is another aspect to the origin story of contemporary mass surveillance in the US: Resistance. While most "phone phreaks" and telephone enthusiasts were unaware of AT&T's Top Secret Project Greenstar, there was enough general contempt for the phone company's monopoly to trigger a viable resistance movement that had been percolating within the 1960s counterculture.