Alfred Hitchcock‘s Saboteur is an American spy thriller set during the Second Word War. The film contains many Hitchcock’s hallmarks, and commentary relevant to its time.
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Again revisiting the concept of there’s nothing new under the sun, as here regarding music and here regarding privacy, a 1972 paper along similar lines by Alan Kay from Xerox’s famous Palo Alto Research Center has recently come to light. Kay’s paper predicts users from the future will wish to block online advertising on their interconnected devices.
The BBC recently broadcast an interesting documentary on the investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism built into multi-national trade agreements, such as the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and European Union.
Revisiting the concept of there’s nothing new under the sun, The Guardian recently published an article describing how privacy concerns stretch back to the very beginnings of electronic communications with the telegraph:
I recently re-watched Jeremy Sandford and Ken Loach’s groundbreaking 1966 television play Cathy Come Home, which charts the emotional and social decline of the homeless eponymous character movingly played by Carol White. The play for the first time informed the wider public of many people in her situation.
Alex Ross’s recent article in The New Yorker gives a good example of the old adage ‘there’s nothing new under the sun’ regarding the current debate over paid for vs. rented—or ‘streaming’—music. This is a debate that was going on close to two hundred years ago in classical sheet music: