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Mindf*ck

Inside Cambridge Analytica’s Plot to Break the World
Narrated by: Graham Halstead
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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From whistle-blower Christopher Wylie, the definitive story of the Brexit coup, the making of Bannon's America and an ongoing crime against democracy.

What if you could peer into the minds of an entire population? What if you could target the weakest with rumours that only they saw?

In 2016, an obscure British military contractor turned the world upside down. Funded by a billionaire on a crusade to start his own far-right insurgency, Cambridge Analytica combined psychological research with private Facebook data to make an invisible weapon with the power to change what voters perceived as real.

The firm was created to launch the then unknown Steve Bannon's ideological assault on America. But as it honed its dark arts in elections from Trinidad to Nigeria, 24-year-old research director Christopher Wylie began to see what he and his colleagues were unleashing.

He had heard the disturbing visions of the investors. He saw what CEO Alexander Nix did behind closed doors. When Britain shocked the world by voting to leave the EU, Wylie realised it was time to expose his old associates. The political crime of the century had just taken place - the weapon had been tested - and nobody knew.

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What a revelation

Makes you really think about how these organisations get to big to be challenged by governments

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  • Mr. Smith
  • 29-11-2019

Brilliant and Educational.

loved it. not only did the author detail what happened and how it happened, but the level of detail is sufficient for a practioner of software to reproduce the systems of SCL and their successes. the Trinidad project however is appaling.

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  • Emily F.
  • 18-12-2019

Let down by the author's smugness

I was really looking forward to listening to this, and the story COULD have been great; there is intrigue, scandal, and James Bond-esque bad guys. But it was sorely let down but the whiney tone of the author (and the person reading it), his obvious uber-liberal worldview, his constant harping on about his homosexuality (and frequent awkward references to "cute bois" etc; no one cares, hun!) and his subtle and not so subtle belittling of anyone who disagrees with him. He can't see that all of this was actually HIS idea (which he does admit to) and that he could have pulled out (so to speak) at any point. It would be great if someone less of a pr1ck re-wrote it.

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  • Tinashe Mawoyo
  • 12-02-2020

MUST READ

This book is a must read. I knew a little bit about how data and used and abused but to the extent that this happens is quite shocking. Somewhat entertaining too.

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  • Julia Moore
  • 11-02-2020

A Must Read for Everyone

Essential reading for understanding how vulnerable we are to manipulation and control via social media. Democracy is not safe until we change the law governing social media and other information gathering platforms. More than that though this is an entertaining and fascinating story, a wild ride, intelligent, thoughtful and ultimately hopeful.

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  • Greig Stirling
  • 07-02-2020

Mind Is fucked

Fascinating, fantastic story!

I really never grasped this story as it was happening!

A terrifying explanation of a situation happening right around us!

I’ve already started changing my behaviour!

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  • MR
  • 04-02-2020

A must listen

Listen to this fabulous and frightening account of phycological warfare and the tools created to manipulate political outcomes. Watch "The Great Hack". Wake up.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-02-2020

liberal lies

gay genocide surviving liberal bollox threw up agter 25 mins utter garbage, leftie nonsense gay

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  • Strnad Jan
  • 27-01-2020

Just wow

Wow.. if you think digital world does not affect your life, read this. If you share every picture on facebook, read this. Or anybody should read it. Especially lawmakers and teachers.

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  • Ben Hall
  • 22-01-2020

Essential reading on the information age.

This is one of the most important books written on the modern age on information technology. Everyone should read it.

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  • Karim B
  • 16-01-2020

A must read - a great book!

This book from Christopher Wylie about his insider story is incredible. It will enrage any citizen concerned about the democratic process of modern free societies. He illustrates clearly the dark side behind social platforms - Facebook in particular. US election, Brexit vote, have been impacted on purpose, but somehow even though it is known by governments nothing is done to address these hold-ups. Modern warfare from Russia is well described. Regulations are clearly required on a worldwide basis to ensure or limit societal damages through the use of private data weaponised through social media platforms. This book is a massive eye opener - a must read.

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  • EHA
  • 16-01-2020

Thought provoking and awakening

A must for everyone to educate how easily one can be manipulated without knowing. Thought provoking that makes you question who is to be trusted...with unethical billionaires cheating and amassing more wealth and politicians who are so power drunk that they will anything to get into or stay in power. It enlightens one on how to be careful with one’s data and how and whom it’s shared with. Thanks for sharing and awakening the minds of those who did not know!