Robert Stein 1924-2014

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Big Brother Bloomberg

After the uproar over Bush Administration surveillance of American citizens, the news from Bloomberg country today is unnerving.

During his Hamlet-like deliberations about whether or not to run for President as an Independent, New York's Mayor has been collecting and collating a lot of information about all of us.

According to the Huffington Post, "Using the microtargeting model, research firms working for Bloomberg are gathering comprehensive information on voters throughout the country, such has who owns a home, has children in college, where they vacation, type of car or computer and past political support. All the puzzle pieces will then be arranged to create a picture of each individual."

After the Bush years, Americans may not be thrilled to have their picture taken this way by Bloomberg or anyone else, especially for the purpose of manipulating their political choices.

In the light of voters' recent attraction to Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee for their individuality, Mayor Mike would be well-advised not to start his run as Big Brother.

1 comment:

Yellow Dog Don said...

I'm writing in Neil Bush on my cross over ballot.