Ewen’s Holiday Party!

Songs for Inspiration or Protest

My father was born and lived in Bangladesh until he was 24 years old. He was 11 when Bangladesh fought the War of Independence in 1971. When I asked him about music during those tumultuous times, he told me about them. Anyways, this is a hindi version of a bengali song that was written by Rabindranath Tagore. My father told me about the song and it’s meanings. The song is in both Bengali and Hindi and the lyrics are in the description. The song is being performed by Indian musician A.R. Rahman.

World of Spycraft

http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000002591862/world-of-spycraft.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/10/world/spies-dragnet-reaches-a-playing-field-of-elves-and-trolls.html?pagewanted=3&_r=0&smid=pl-share

Edward Snowden’s leak included reports from 2008 of NSA agents spending time in World Warcraft and Second Life searching from terrorist activity.
This video and article was on yesterday’s NY Times.

I found it particularly pertinent to yesterday’s class and to the Snowden’s class early in the semester.

I think that we have always been subjected to various forms of control.
During the Civil Rights Movement policemen were walking around in plain clothes in order to overhear and eventually punish anyone plotting and planning subversive actions.
George Orwell talked about the “Big Brother” in his novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four” in the late ’40s.
What Snowden is doing is nothing more than giving proof (and details) of something that we’ve always known and talked about.
I believe that awareness and knowledge are the first steps to freedom. The point now is to understand if this methods of control are limited to public safety and our welfare or they are and will be just a powerful way to control the masses in disguise.