Poe and his characters you have a great treat ahead. Edgar Allen Poe: "I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. May 26, J. Keely rated it liked it Shelves: short-story , gothic , poetry , america , mystery , horror , reviewed. Not many people outside of literary study or detective fiction fandom realize that the character of Sherlock Holmes was inspired by Poe's Dupin.
Dupin was the brilliant and insightful idle noble who occasionally aided the authorities in particularly difficult cases. However, unlike Holmes, Dupin took it up merely as a hobby, mimicking Holmes' brother Mycroft. I'm not fond of Poe's poetry. Emerson's leveling of 'Jingle Man' is appropriate. Poe puts sounds together, but usually says very little wit Not many people outside of literary study or detective fiction fandom realize that the character of Sherlock Holmes was inspired by Poe's Dupin.
Poe puts sounds together, but usually says very little with them. It is unusual that his prose was so varied while his poetry tended to obsessive repetition. Poe presents an example of the turning point when poetry ceased to represent the most complex and dense literary form as in Milton and Eliot and became the most frivolous and unrefined the beat poets , while prose moved contrarily from the light-hearted to the serious. When divorced from his single-minded prosody, Poe's mastery of the language elegantly serves the needs of mood, characterization, and action.
This is not always the case: his Ligeia retains his poetic narrowness, but his detective stories have a gentleness and wit found nowhere else in his oeuvre. The three Dupin stories helped to inspire detective fiction, using suspense and convoluted mystery to tantalize and challenge the reader. He may not have been as influential or innovative as Wilkie Collins, but his contribution still stands.
Any book of Poe's is worth purchasing simply for these three stories. They are studies in the careful use of language to develop mood, character, and drive--even in a sparse plot. They are not quite the equals of Ambrose Bierce's short fiction, but they are solid enough. View all 17 comments. Poe has an impressive, comfortable grasp of vocabulary and sentence structure, but like King, one sentence often equates to one paragraph.
The first story to catch my interest was pages in-The Gold Bug, a brief tale of treasure hunting. This was soon followed by Marie Roget. For those of you who find this tale of interest, check out The Beautiful Cigar Girl, a nonfiction account of Mary Rogers' death and investigation, as well as An American Tragedy, a fictional rendering of a crime based on Poe has an impressive, comfortable grasp of vocabulary and sentence structure, but like King, one sentence often equates to one paragraph. For those of you who find this tale of interest, check out The Beautiful Cigar Girl, a nonfiction account of Mary Rogers' death and investigation, as well as An American Tragedy, a fictional rendering of a crime based on a similar scenario.
Then we come to a masterpiece-The Purloined Letter. Poe lays the groundwork for every ratiocination plot to come. How I could be such a Holmes fan and have never read this story is beyond me. I should be ashamed. Immediately after is The Tell Tale Heart. This short story conjures memories of 7th grade literature class.
I was scared out of my wits! Then there is The Imp of the Perverse, what reminds me of stream of consciousness writing, merely subtract "murder" and add "alcohol". Of course no discussion of Poe's works would be complete without s mention of The Masque of the Red Death. Just party til you cant party anymore because you'll never outrun death. The Assignation may be the most tragic short love story I've ever read, and I did not expect that from him. Tarr and Professor Fether was brilliant fun. And then he goes off the deep end with several spiritualist writings. I realize the theosophist movement was in its heyday, but I really did not see a deep connection.
Then suddenly I read The Spectacles. Truly I laughed so hard. I had no idea Poe had such a sense of humor considering most of his writing is so morose. Oh the poems, the poems! Greatly excited to read this section. Every Halloween, I go to an historical museum here in the city that produces quite a few of Poe's seminal works. The Raven never fails to give me the chills. I can easily sense the hysteria building in the room. But then I read The Valentine, a bit of a coded piece, which doesn't surprise me in the least that Poe would have written. Ulalume's metric beat is absolutely hypnotic, forcing me to read it aloud.
Annabel Lee screams about an unhinged lover. I'll be honest; I never thought much about this poem, but it is simply heartbreaking, not only because she is dead, but because he is obsessed with her. At last, my favorite Poe poem-The Bells. I can hear them 'clanging, tolling, chiming". Nowhere is Poe's tortured soul more evident than in his poetry.
However, his intelligence is expressed in his prose. All in all, I am quite thankful for this author's ouvere. He truly touched my heart.
View all 4 comments. I read a couple Poe stories in high school and college as I'm sure most everyone has but this is the first time I take a complete plunge into his work. But a great majority of the stories were only mediocre and quite a few were downright tedious and bored me to tears. A seemingly endless story about a man in a balloon? No thanks! I was so engrossed by each of them, all for very different reasons.
My advice, stick to a best of compilation if you want to read Poe! A lasting piece of written silver and obsidian, still as dark and haunting as it was over a century ago. Poe's influence is as far-reaching as that of the thematically similar Grimms or even Carroll's Alice. The ghosts and creatures of his imagination still float powerfully through the culture, and continues to earn respect for horror and poetry as literature.
His stories explore primal and preternatural fears with wit and eloquence. Being trapped, being driven to insanity and not knowing if the A lasting piece of written silver and obsidian, still as dark and haunting as it was over a century ago. Being trapped, being driven to insanity and not knowing if the horror you see is real or hallucination, being face to face with the grim reaper. They are not necessarily formulaic - some begin as an average event and descend so gradually into madness. Some begin on a dark note and only get creepier. Personal favourite is "Masque of the Red Death", about a group of influential and wealthy people sheltering themselves in a ballroom while the town below dies of plague, that is, until the plague himself arrives in person.
Most, if not all of these are in public domain, but in my opinion is well-worth having a beautiful bound copy of. I also highly recommend the illustrated editions by Gris Grimly. Poe is an amazing writer - no doubt about that - but I'm not a fan of all of his stories and poetry, so 4-stars it is. Let me clarify: some of the stories totally deserve four or even five stars. These are all famous for a reason. They're fantastic. But let me tell you, the stories you haven't heard of--they are, likewise, unknown for a reason.
Oy, the tedium. Poe really really really liked to describe things. And sometimes that's literally all that he did. No plot, no characters, just descriptions. And because he does the macabre so well, it was a shock to the syst Let me clarify: some of the stories totally deserve four or even five stars. And because he does the macabre so well, it was a shock to the system to read his other stuff that doesn't fit into that category. Love, love Edgar Allan Poe. There is not a single thing from him which is not perfect. However, the Raven is my favourite. I still remember a paper I wrote about in High school when I compared the differences between the original and the different Czech translations.
May 26, Elizabeth Pyjov added it Shelves: american-lit. Poe's secret lies mainly in the skill with which he has employed the strange fascination of mystery and terror. In this his success is so great and striking as to deserve the name of art, not artifice. His voice was modulated with astonishing skill, and his large and variably expressive eyes looked repose or shot fiery tumult into theirs who listened, while his own face glowed, or was changeless in pallor, as his imagination quickened his blood or drew it back frozen to his defined, in terms of utmost simplicity and clearness, he rejected the forms of customary logic, and by a crystalline process of accretion, built up his ocular demonstrations in forms of gloomiest and ghastliest grandeur, or in those of the most airy and delicious beauty, so minutely and distinctly, yet so rapidly, that the attention which was yielded to him was chained till it stood among his wonderful creations, till he himself dissolved the spell, and brought his hearers back to common and base existence, by vulgar fancies or exhibitions of the ignoblest passion.
He walked-the streets, in madness or melancholy, with lips moving in indistinct curses, or with eyes upturned in passionate prayer never for himself, for he felt, or professed to feel, that he was already damned, but for their happiness who at the moment were objects of his idolatry; or spell, and brought his hearers back to common and base existence, by vulgar fancies or exhibitions of the ignoblest passion. It is even more grateful to give praise where it is needed than where it is deserved, and friendship so often seduces the iron stylus of justice into a vague flourish, that she writes what seems rather like an epitaph than a criticism.
Yet if praise be given as an alms, we could not drop so poisonous a one into any man's hat. The critic's ink may suffer equally from too large an infusion of nutgalls or of sugar. But it is easier to be generous than to be just, and we might readily put faith in that fabulous direction. Need I write a review in an attempt to praise this wonderful, wonderful man? Poe is a genius. A total classic in every way - the stories still give me chills! I think my love of Poe will always lie in the beautiful way he writes poems, though.
With works such as 'Israfel' and 'Annabel Lee' how could it not? Those days I spent idolising him in senior school were days well spent; a total masterpiece. Oct 05, Denisse rated it really liked it. I wish I had loved every page of this collection, but I didn't. Anyway for every boring atory there was a great one and some of them are absolutely incredible! Poe definitely a tormented mind, but a clever one too.
View 1 comment. Feb 28, Jackson rated it liked it. While I haven't read the entire book, I have ventured through most of his works. I think Poe makes it safe to say that the usage of opium is sure to create some interesting situations. May 17, Ben rated it it was amazing. Hours later I heard of the sad passing of Lou Reed, one of my favorite musicians. I suppose I will always associate hereafter my reading of Poe with the death of Reed — two artists that explored the deep dark depths of the human psyche, the macabre and the strange.
For Poe, murder, madness, drug use and death were favored themes. Both artists Poe and Reed — though from the States — enjoyed greater celebrity status in Europe than in the U. While Poe is rightfully often associated with material that chills the marrow of our bones, to use an expression he used in his own writing, he also offers some tongue in cheek humor and much philosophical inquiry. For me, in an instant, all virtue dropped bodily as a mantle. From comparatively trivial wickedness I passed, with the stride of a giant, into more than the enormities of an Elah-Gabalus.
Similarly, he was interested in the possibility of consciousness after death. Poe was also fond of adding footnotes to his stories to let readers in on the fact that certain oddities did indeed have factual bases. All of these factors led Poe to have a certain love-hate relationship with the literary world.
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The very letters have an air of profundity about them. A master of the macabre Poe certainly is, though he is also so much more. The samples here are of stories which we would now class as "horror" or "suspense", but which Poe submitted to the public mainly as essays. It tells of several cases where a person suffering from catalepsy was buried alive, some of which were discovered in time, some not. There is a strong attempt on the part of the narrator to convince the reader that, "truth can be more terrifying than fiction," in order The samples here are of stories which we would now class as "horror" or "suspense", but which Poe submitted to the public mainly as essays.
There is a strong attempt on the part of the narrator to convince the reader that, "truth can be more terrifying than fiction," in order to prepare the ground for belief in his final example. Nowadays we would probably categorise this condition as sleep paralysis but it was a common fear of the time.
Indeed it is one of Poe's favourite themes, as is the crypt. After the careful build-up view spoiler [ of "true cases" we are presented with a personal experience. The narrator has lived a shallow life avoiding reality through his catalepsy. He has indulged in fantasies and visions because of his obsession with death, and many precautions were taken on his part to avoid being buried alive.
Some Words with a Mummy was again presented as an essay, but is actually an example of Poe's satirical humour at its blackest. The narrator has overindulged at a dinner he has attended, and retires to bed. He is ostensibly awoken and summoned to an unwrapping of a mummy at his friend Dr Ponnonner's house, along with a group of other learned men. There is a careful account of the unwrapping of the mummy's many-layered coverings, view spoiler [ followed by the men's use of a "voltaic pile" an early form of electrical battery to reanimate it.
The enlivened mummy goes on to explain that Ancient Egyptians had a significantly longer life span than modern men, living in total for about one thousand years. Their process of embalming arrested their bodily functions allowing them to sleep through hundreds of years. They could then be reactivated and go on with their lives centuries later.
The modern-day men in turn proceed to boast about all the discoveries and progress they expect to have taken place since Ancient Egypt, only for the mummy to counter with his own examples every time. In desperation a trivial contemporary product is suggested, for which the mummy has no counter-suggestion.
Having saved face the men return to their homes, where the narrator becomes dissatisfied with his life and times. He considers the advantages of going back to his friend's house to get embalmed for a few centuries - after eating his breakfast. The prevailing attitude of the time was that in the Western world humanity had reached the height of civilization and knowledge due to scientific and industrial revolutions.
The only progress which is unquestionable seems to be the invention of cough drops. William Wilson is a semi-autobiographical story. It takes much of its setting from the early schooldays of Poe himself, referring back to when he spent 3 years at a boys' boarding school in Stoke Newington, London. It is told in the first person; William meets another boy in his school who shares the same name, has roughly the same appearance, and is born on exactly the same date. This other William often imitates the narrator's voice and mannerisms, whispering arrogantly in the narrator's ear, making him increasingly uneasy and nervous.
The other William is always there insinuating and condemning. There is a growing suspicion on the part of the reader that this other William is a doppelganger, especially since he seems to follow the storyteller around the world dogging his footsteps. Despite the cogent rational descriptions, the narrator seems almost to be haunted by his namesake, and is losing his sanity. It is interesting too that the other William seems to be a better version of himself, as if he is acting the part of his conscience.
The final episode describes a murder which then reveals itself as a reflection in a mirror, saying, "In me didst thou exist - and in my death, see how utterly thou hast murdered thyself. It is a tale of a missing body, murder and betrayal; there is a decaying corpse, a case of vintage wine and a certain amount of sleight-of-hand. And somebody near the end pronounces the devastating words, "Thou art the Man!
It is an examination of theories, rather than being heavy on plot. The "imp of the perverse" is a metaphoric spirit, and refers to the urge we humans feel to do something "merely because we feel we should not. We peer into the abyss - we grow sick and dizzy. Our first impulse is to shrink away from the danger. Unaccountably we remain…" Five of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories have been reviewed here. I have previously reviewed many others, and those reviews can be displayed by searching for Edgar Allan Poe on my Goodreads shelves. Here are links to reviews of 2 other stories which the author himself presented to the public as essays: The System of Dr Tarr and Professor Fether link here The Facts in the Case of M.
Valdemar link here This collection of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories and poems is perhaps the most definitive that you are going to come across and it is the reason that I am satisfied with owning just this collection and nothing more. If I come across a nice looking Poe collection, I may consider purchasing it. I also own a collection of some of his short stories in an illustrated format, but I am from the mold that is satisfied with having one of a particular work in good quality.
For what it is worth, this col This collection of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories and poems is perhaps the most definitive that you are going to come across and it is the reason that I am satisfied with owning just this collection and nothing more. For what it is worth, this collection of Poe's works is completely satisfactory! This collection has all of his complete works works like his very last, incomplete work, "The Light-House," are not included.
Everything from his familiar tales like The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado are included and also those that are not necessarily brought up in everyday discussion. All of his poems are included as well, from the familiar, such as The Raven and The Bells, to those from his younger days. One can be perfectly content with this collection alone as far as Edgar Allan Poe is concerned. This collection is also a really good buy, as many of his collections will have a selected amount of works and be worth more than this one.
Aug 20, Zachary Johnson rated it it was amazing. Ever since I became a slight reader, I had heard people talk of the Great and Horrid tales of a mad man at a typewriter. I always was told that I couldn't grasp the severity of the dark stories of this man. But, here I am. I have changed a lot since the times that I read books just to fill book reports. I feel bad about all of the times that I skimmed paragraphs of detail just to get to the dripping dialog. But here I am.
I know I sound like a drama queen in the paragraph above, but I feel like Ever since I became a slight reader, I had heard people talk of the Great and Horrid tales of a mad man at a typewriter. I know I sound like a drama queen in the paragraph above, but I feel like it is something that is deep and poetic but about something that shouldn't be poetic at all.
It could be summed up in a sentence like, "I read Edgar Allan Poe, he is scary but a good writer. That is why I like Poe, quite a lot. I always use to think that it was a ban wagon thing like, 'OMG! I love Edgar! He is so talented', kinda like going to indie concert with a boat load of hipsters and that one girl that no one knows who she is and only knows the one hit song they sang.
And I didn't feel ready to look like one of those people but I can't help it. It was too darn Good. I loved how he could make something so bloody and awful so beautiful. Like in the telltale heart, how you felt that it made sense for him to kill the old man. But what I loved most was how he could build emotion for a character so quickly, in 30 small pages of the angel of odd and I thought I was going to die along with the poor drunk. Just Genius. I had never read poetry before in my life. And after reading this work, I think I will. The Raven was nice but what really hit me were poems like the Valley of Unrest.
The hurtful name calling on the playground could never be as bad as the constant reminder on a social media page. The Internet is forever after all. He would do something about that, so that no one else could do this to another young boy or girl. He also knows that people are sloppy about their mobile devices.
They will install anything that others rave about. They almost never back them up and if they do, the app now owns it. And when they sync their phone to their computer, it owns their computer too. He also knows that all Iphones once they have a pin are encrypted by default and that Google has reversed its decision about Encryption on Lollipop and now all Android phones are encrypted. After all his app owns their phones. After two years of total market domination, he hatches his Easter egg.
At Midnight Greenwich Meant Time on December 31st , his app changes the password and email address on all cloud backups the phone is connected to. It then changes the pin on the phone and powers down. Any computer that was on and connected to the internet does the same thing. Why did their phone turn off? So they turn them back on.
Close to million phones no longer work because they are encrypted without a known key. Backups are unavailable because their recovery information has been changed. My movie plot summary above comes down to words in my copy of Microsoft Word. Perhaps a little too scifi-y, but then whenever I watch a US TV series that is supposed to happen in these days and science happens in it, it often is so ridiculously inaccurate that it is laughably unbelievable to anyone with a clue. So, IMHO this movie hits the right amount of nonsense technobabble, halfway believable plot, stupid stereotypes, and of course it would have flashy graphics that make no sense I imagine it as the kind of B-movie where we're supposed to root for the government-controlled good guys, but they are so unlikable that it backfires and we end up rooting for the anti-hero hacker who tries to set things right probably with the power of Open Source , even though the movie likely ends badly for them.
It's and digital crime is rife. Evil hackers using the encrypted and anonymous 'Darknet' are using the Internet to attack utilities, destabilise the stockmarkets and deny 'ordinary' people the use of their own computers using unbreakable 'crypto bombs'. The Government, run by technophobic plutocrats decides to act and gives one man casting Gary Busey the power to form a unit of maverick hackers think Dirty Dozen known as the Lords of Light to counter the growing hacking menace.
This results in a Unit comprising hackers and crackers who start pursuing these black hats, using crypto and tech type techniques changing traffic lights to cause RTC etc to eliminate them. At first, they are lauded for their efforts, but pretty quickly the Unit realises that the very political lords and masters that hired them are corrupt and surreptitiously in league with the very black hats they are hunting. Queue Gary going rogue and lots of hand wringing by the token female coder who regularly questions the team on whether they are 'doing the right thing'.
See swat teams attempting to raid their base of operations to find that using pesky crypto, they've remoted their entire operation to the Bahamas. See the team drinking Long Island ice teas whilst cops arrest politicians and a new world order emerges. Leave room for sequel as news shows blank matrix screen with the words 'We shall be watching' It's and you better have good sunscreen. The only thing growing is the temperature. The only secure earthlings are on Mars.
After programming NSAI the programmers were no longer needed and were a threat. Hearing about this contest, a Hollywood exec decides to seriously shop around the idea for a new movie based on the unbreakable crypto gimmick. Naturally, the idea of a plot itself is too abstract to begin with, so he has several movie posters drawn up for focus group testing. Lacking any originality himself, he randomly combines elements of existing plots using a hardware based true random generator.
A scientific survey of actual American viewers reveals that the image of Gary Busey with the movie title "NO IT'S BECKY" flattens all the other candidates by such a large margin that the executive decides to get the money men involved to raise funds for a screenwriter. The resulting movie doesn't have a plot, just a series emotional impressions laden with subliminal motivators.
The last scene with the dying child leaves the audience in tears with the grim determination to outlaw encryption by any means necessary. The year is and cryptography is in the headlines. The movie opens to the life of Drew Nance, an aging arthritic FBI investigator now assigned to a desk. Government officials from the left and right criticize strong cryptography and its potential for abuse. Yet, due to the lack of detailed summaries and descriptive subject lines appended to all cryptographic files and communication, the bill requires the NSA to collect and decrypt all communications using newly developed energy-intensive quantum computers.
As the agencies redirect manpower to this project, their investigative competency deteriorates. Soon thereafter, Nance notices that child kidnapping rings are flourishing. He hears reports with alarming frequency of youth kidnappings in the streets and neighborhoods of America. Nance begins to discover that, instead of using encrypted email to manage their child snatching, kidnappers are resorting to in-person communication.
Unfortunately, the program turns up only a few leads and the prospects look grim. As he follows the lead, Nance uncovers directions to a drop off point within Utah where the driver claims he has been shipping children regularly for the past months. With this exciting lead in hand he rushes to his superiors and asks for the resources for a sting. Word moves through the agency fast, and as Nance lays a trap to follow the kidnappers back to their destination he receives a call to call off the entire operation.
Stubborn relic that he is, Nance refuses. He follows his lead into an underground facility and discovers the horrendous truth. As the need to power decryption machines grew so did the willingness of the agency to find alternate energy sources. Nance discovers the children, force-fed pixie sticks and birthday cake unleashing their energy into the task of decryption. The next day, The Intercept publishes a scathing expose and several days later the scandal blows over.
He arrives on wings of encryption to remove all other forms of encrytion. He has sworn to himself, YES, he has sworn to himself to keep the sheeple, rather the people safe, free, and observable. With his flock in the open, in plain text, he's able to fend off all terrorrrisstss, boogeymen, Evile hackers, and the likes. His reward is great, YES, in his own mind his reward is great. Comey, Thank youuuuu for keeping us safe and free Washington D. According to a source who only spoke on the condition of anonymity, as they are not authorized to speak to the press, a terror attack was planned to be carried out by members of the house cleaning staff.
Two individuals had been trained in improvised explosives, smuggled IEDs into the capitol building via a routine delivery of supplies. These explosives where then ultimately moved to the floor via staff cleaning trolleys, before being spotted. We simply need to be able to see into these conversations. Look, everybody recognizes that privacy is important. In this case, it turns out these folks where using something called PGP for months before this attempted attack. The official went on to say that we need to pass proposed legislation, currently in committee, that would mandate encryption programs have methods for allowing authorized government agents the ability to spot chatter, before it moves to late stage planning.
Critics are quick to point out privacy concerns, however according to our in house legal corespondent, most of the points commonly brought up are covered in existing, well regulated, court processes. In a small room, hunched over his Linux laptop, a bearded man clicked on the computer. He was in the iCloud account of a female celebrity.
He clicked "download" and all the pictures were installed in his special encrypted folder. Satisfied with his last theft, he closed his laptop. This man was the infamous hacker known as 4chan. He looked at all the photos he had accumulated. All in all, there were a few hundred photos from accounts, mostly female celebrities.
He looked at his watch, it was PM. He cleaned up the desk and left the telecommunications community he worked for as a systems administrator and left for home. This time, upon the arrival at his house, this criminal was too happy about his accomplishments. All of these photos he had, he had to share them. So he loaded up his browser made for criminals: Tor.
He went to a special website and shared all the photos, and got away with it. The results were devastating: over women had their privacy violated. Ten ended up having a severe depression and their careers never really recovered. He was under high suspicion so the police came to his house. They examined the web logs, but because he used Tor, a web browser with strong encryption, it was all hidden.
They examined his illegal photos folder but found nothing, because it was encrypted. He looked up instructions on Tor on how to make a gas chamber. It took 6 months and was extremely sturdy and fully functional. He then kidnapped four women and forced them in there. He still looked up illegal information and talked to other crooks, but because of encryption tools for criminals like Tor and GPG the cops could not see what he was doing.
Suddenly, the police bursts into his house with a warrant. They see the man and order him to turn off the encryption so they can see the files. But 4chan shoots one cop, injuring him. He runs to the gas chamber and turns it on, destabilizing the cops, and gets away in his car. With one guy injured and the women to take care of, they could not chase him. The women are screaming, pleading to get out. But the chamber is made with solid metal and the lock to the door is military grade. Stressed out, the cops check his computer. But they can't decrypt it.
They try, and try, but they just can't. The women are screaming so loud, but the encryption is unbreakable. Thankfully unlike encryption the cops have a special key that only they can use to unlock it. They unlock the padlock, the women are safe, thanks to a backdoor. But imagine how many lives they could have saved if encryption had a backdoor too. After an amateur discovers that factoring is found by a set of polynomials in Mathematica, RSA encryption is rendered useless and all encrypted messages using RSA, past and present, are unsecure to the public as they are the NSA.
After most digital certificates are rendered useless the NSA must step in offering its own cryptography standard. Only this time the public has no choice but to use it. In order to save private citizens use of cryptography a new method of finding where decimals terminate or equal a whole number before using a base of Private citizen based cryptography becomes illegal and using it is a 15 year prison sentence. It starts a battle between governments and freedom fighters. The government has just discovered a way to measure the randomness of numbers.
If your numbers are more random than 80 bits, than it is illegal. Crippled by the apathy generated by continual fear and warmongering in the media, a man decides to build a bunker containing all of the world's current knowledge in digital format but encrypted by the strongest encryption known to humans. He then breaks into Porton Down and over the course of 6-months distributes lethal communicable viruses to the major capital cities.
All humans die. Queue years later, an alien civilisation visits earth and colonises it. Aliens find knowledge in encrypted form and using quantum techniques, learn the secrets of human plight. Not realising that the criminal genes inherent in the database leads to their destruction as the humans violently wipe out all traces of beneficent alien life. The Ayatollah Khamenei has sat down with a chat with Iranian President Rouhani: "So, the gullible Westerners bought that 'sure, send in the inspectors' nonsense! Nicely done! Heck, they're even supporting our efforts against Daesh, they probably think we're buddies now.
The courier with the necessary encryption keys went to the nice folks at Hezbollah while you were busy yakking with John Kerry. We use their own networks against them. We have much nicer machines available. Our top intelligence guys were very clear about that. Now, to get the plan into action.
We'll get it. The sleeper cell in Israel has the right keys for your brilliant communications network, we'll get that warhead no problem. The next day, a group of what appear to be military contractors drive away from an Israeli base in their large work truck. The truck makes a perilous journey through a war-torn landscape. The Israeli military takes a full week before realizing that one of their prized nuclear warheads is missing. You know sir, we would have caught this in advance, if only we had been able to intercept those communications.
I've always wanted an excuse to do this anyways - launch the planes, our target is Iran! Strong encryption. And now I'm in this prison with all of you.
Russian Deputy Attorney General Saak Albertovich Karapetyan was linked to Natalia Veselnitskaya in a Swiss court case earlier this year for running a foreign recruitment operation that involved bribery, corruption, and double agents. As Batman walked away, through the walls, Harley exclaimed: "Oh Mr. This time, she has joined the "Jurisfiction" division and is paired with Charles Dickens's Miss Havesham, who has a penchant for leather jackets and driving recklessly. Stone's relationship with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whether he played a role in the release of stolen DNC emails has been a focus of the special counsel's investigation for months. Dubelier also represents Concord Management and Consulting LLC, which prosecutors alleged is controlled by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman close to Putin with key ties to Russia's military and political establishment. It could be summed up in a sentence like, "I read Edgar Allan Poe, he is scary but a good writer. Preparing for the largest and most magnificent funeral pageant in American history, soldiers placed Lincolne tm s corpse aboard a special train to Springfield, Illinois.
I never gave it a second thought. Everyone said, 'The better the encryption, the less likely you'll get caught. Fred's story is typical. He believed what law enforcement had been saying for years. He took to heart what those bastard cryptologists claimed. Being a major criminal is not easy and strong encryption seemed like a winning solution. Never did he dream that his large, random encryption key would be creating such a unique signature in his "secure" communications.
That signature -- and thousands like it -- have been the downfall of many a lawbreaker. The keys being used today are so large that the signature is like digital DNA. Courts love it. Prosecutors look for it first. It is undeniable proof that the message is yours. It doesn't matter that you could have been talking about laundry with your business partners.
The Ignorable Content law means they don't have to break the encryption; all they need to do is catch your associates in the act and you are an automatic accomplice by virtue of using such strong encryption with them. We believe that healing comes through eduction and action. Weak encryption is as stupid as no encryption. Moderate encryption is as easily breakable today as weak encryption.
And all strong encryption does is reveal your digital DNA signature. The next step is turn-about. Everyone from the President down to local police departments uses strong encryption. We too can identify their signatures. Privacy researchers around the world have developed many methods of analyzing metadata and determining valuable bits of information. Those tools are freely available. For example, there are over a dozen ways to track a cop, depending on his gear and his vehicle. Hell, those license plate readers connect to the network so frequently that you can track many squad cars in near real-time.
And, as we all know, those readers became mandatory on all police vehicles six years ago. It is time to act. It is time to use their technological weapons against those that would see all of us thrown in prison. It is time to spread the word. Just don't email it! It is time for EA to stand for Evil Anonymous again. Down with Encryption; Up with Evil! The world has turned into a nightmare for law enforcement and those who keep everyone safe.
Mobile devices, social communications, you name it, it is encrypted. And I am terrified. The encryption awakening occurred after private companies pushed it to almost all consumers after many of our law enforcement programs were discovered. These programs allowed us full access to private companies and individual lives. We had access to any and every one. After it was discovered that we had placed ourselves in the private affairs of big business, our ability to oversee the lives of others was over.
As I walk down the road, I see so many individuals. What is it that they are thinking up? What is it that they are hiding? That baker on the side corner store who is adored by the community, could he be a terrorist? Could he be a sexual predator? The woman in the red dress, a possible secret agent? A political radical or socialist? Before encryption was wide-spread, I could spend days watching them.
I must dig into the lives of everyone for the safety of everyone. I must find a way to make everyone safer even at the cost of freedom. The Four Horseman are coming, I know it and nothing will stand in their way. Except me. The laws only prevent me from making everyone safe.
I will find a way to circumvent the encryption, privacy, and freedom. It is the only way to be safe. I am the hero that America deserves. I am the Panopticon Man! World governments have banned personal encryption. Several fortunately and suspiciously timed events have convinced the majority of the population that cryptography is a shield for crime, and the people demand a ban without understanding the implications. Transport-layer crypto is grandfathered in, but personal encryption is considered admission of guilt for nearly any information-based crime, with mandatory prison sentencing.
This gives rise to a vast black market dealing in stolen information, and crypto tools with gaping security flaws. It's widely known that government agencies plant deliberately flawed crypto to find and prosecute crypto users, often with trumped-up other charges again, crypto is seen as admission of guilt. Because the black market has so much information available at such a low cost, people assume that all personal information is public. In the midst of this a loosely knit group of technology radicals fights back against the government, secretly distributing combined steganography and crypto tools to try to evade detection.
Early attempts to infiltrate the group fail; capability losses by the government due to lack of crypto research hamper their abilities to break into the network. The government portrays the radicals as enemies of the state, but a few students and progressives see them as freedom fighters, fighting for personal security. Meanwhile, a series of high-profile international disasters involving complicated plans with extreme precision start occurring: plane hijackings, industrial accidents, infrastructure disasters. Footage later shows individuals coming together as a group unique to each attack, executing the attack, and dispersing never to be found.
But the government can not determine how these crimes are organized. With the ban on cryptography having been touted as the solution to preventing these problems, and no insight as to how plans are being organized, the government has no choice but to suppress the news. When the news ultimately leaks, the radicals realize that the terrorists are using their steganograpy tools to organize and commit these crimes, internal strife begins.
Accusations fly rampant that individuals in the group are working for various organizations, attempting to sabotage the efforts, or turn the tools for their own nefarious purposes. This is compounded by the discovery that the stego tools being distributed are themselves cover for stego messages, though those messages can not be decrypted. Ultimately the team has to decide. Who is working for the enemy? Who is the enemy? Should they continue distributing tools that can be used by friend and foe alike? And are these tools really a cover for something even more nefarious?
Government-mandated encryption contains backdoors allowing spy agencies to read the content of all communications and can be clearly identified in a network stream. The only people allowed stronger encryption were the military and politicians. Spy agencies monitor internet connections and deliberately inject drop packets to terminate unauthorised encrypted connections or messages containing strong crypto, then automatically issue arrest warrants for the originators. Despite the public understanding that cryptography is evil and allows criminals to thrive, it turns out that in an interconnected world where trade and economy are based on the security of communications if everyone uses crypto but you, your economy is pretty much doomed.
This is the story of how society in the Five Nations collapsed due to the Crypto ban of After the ban companies tried to profit from "government-friendly" encryption schemes but the cost of marketing and developing them plus the added red tape of getting a government approval seal made them too expensive. Most of these companies closed down by Open source tools disappeared earlier than that as it was trivial to break their 'security' once the code was visible. Security-by-obscurity became the new mantra but its price tag made it less viable than the cheaper option of simply using "old" software with weaker ciphers.
Although experts warned strongly against the use of weak security, from the point of view of regular citizens nothing changed: online banking and e-commerce continued with weaker ciphers. Most mobile apps still used libraries that theoretically supported strong encryption, but no CTO allowed its use for fear of legal prosecution. Then the cyber attacks started. The lack of proper encryption, the out of date security of most websites in the FVEY and the fact that the Five Nations were still rich countries made every one of their citizens not only easy prey but also an obvious target for the rest of the world's cyber crooks.
By online banking was dead. E-commerce sank shortly afterwards. Furthermore, the lack of proper channel encryption made ad-injection and social-media hijacking so easy that nobody knew what was actually happening; news corporation had the news but could not deliver them safely to their viewers online. Ad-injection became so popular that in Google stopped offering their free services as no longer profitable.
The Internet in the Five Eyes nations reverted to In the mean time the rest of the had world moved forward. E-commerce sites from outside FVEY started refusing connections. Packets were simply routed around Five Eyes routers. Banks inter-loan terms and agreements lost credibility; a subsequent dip in the growth rate of UK, Canada and the USA caused unstoppable inflation.
Australia decided to close its "internet border" and became a China-like nation with a Great Firewall. New Zealand back-pedalled and re-introduced strong crypto, but the horses had already left the barn. The eminent dissolution of the Soviet Union was all too obvious to our unlikely band of heroes. However, their demands for a shift in priorities were met only with scorn; thanks in large part to a massive influx of disinformation from every direction These spooks were all pretty smart and more than well aware of the fact that SIGINT alone would not be enough to tackle their perceived problems.
They'd also been highly involved with the 'war on drugs' and most had come to realize that the devastating consequences came without any real benefit to humanity. Yet, others still thought that some certain ingestible substances were indeed the scrounge of the Earth. Regardless, they decided to settle their differences and focus on the more pressing matters at hand.
After much debate, all players eventually came to the conclusion that the only solution to their woes can be found by surreptitiously capturing the hopes, dreams, and desires of every man, woman, and child on the face of the planet.
With the eventual goal of broadly distributing this collation of information to all citizens of the world near and far, they could forge a bold new transparent society - the hope being that future generations will be empowered to choose leaders with true integrity. In a serendipitous moment of foresight, our agents realize that strong encryption might eventually find its way into use by the general public.
Knowing such schemes could unnecessarily discount plenty of potentially worthy individuals from consideration for future leadership roles, widespread encryption is seen as unacceptable in this circle. Of course, those in charge would never appropriate the necessary resources for such a proposal Thus, the idea of the 'Four Horsemen of the Internet Apocalypse' is born! This small act of deception ensures a continuous flow of public support and funding; especially when it's most needed.
Although it's clear there's no telling if this is the result of independent thought processes or acts of international espionage. The final phase of the plan is nearly complete - just in time to seriously impact the elections. In fact, it's been working better than any of the initial conspirators could have ever expected - mainly due to the rise in popularity of social media, and all sorts of people voluntarily documenting every single thought that occurs to them.
Just then, an unexpected snag catches our heros off guard! With all the bad publicity, will anyone actually believe our heroes..? Were their collection methods even reliable and useful to begin with!? Only time will tell Total control of the internet means nothing is hidden from them. Countless terrorists, pedophiles, drugdealers and money laundering kidnappers have been apprehended as a result of the agencies efforts. Alice Andrews is a middle aged librarian that has secretly harboured some anti-social beliefs.
Among them is the notion that ordinary people should have the ability to keep things secret from the government. At the annual American Library Association conference in San Fransisco, she met a like minded librarian, Robert Tables, who shared her dangerous convictions. Together they come up with a scheme that gives ordinary citizens the ability to communicate secretly. Their scheme is totally paper based, in fact all electronic involvement is actively discouraged as they believe any electronic method to be insecure.
To communicate with Bob, Alice takes her message and encrypts it using the novel by George Orwell as a one time pad. She then sends the encrypted message to another friend of her, Charlie that works at another library. With her encrypted message, she sends Charlie differently encrypted instructions on the details of where the message should indirectly be delivered.
But in many ways it is reminiscent of the TOR anonymity network. Alice and Bob build a network of like minded, anti-social people that fail to grasp the importance of keeping the government informed. Their network is a success, people that participate in the network can freely communicate securely from the government. Countless terrorists, drug-dealers, pedophiles and money laundering kidnappers are caught red-handed with their encrypted communications.
Because all books have been digitized, the paper versions have no longer any function. The End. The story begins on a cold November night, three years earlier, in the main room of a very wealthy individual's vacation lodge near Vancouver. A comfortably but well dressed man of middle age stood before them, summing up the conclusions they had all agreed to over the last week of intense discussion. Unbreakable encryption binds the power of government, but not our power. We do not need to steal patents or the plans of potentially "disruptive" competitors - we just buy them.
We do not need to steal the information of our customers - they give it to us freely, with a moment of unease followed by the tell-tale click of consent. But unbreakable encryption can hinder the power of government to investigate us, to limit us, and to punish us. An idiotic prosecutor who does not understand the grandly transformative nature of our work, a small-time politician who wants to make a name for herself - we are at their mercy, even though they are undeserving of their power and prone to abuse. One overzealous antitrust unit, one bombastic fool with old-fashioned ideas about constraining global enterprises with national tax laws, and some of our greatest efforts might come to nothing.
We owe it to each other, and to humanity as a whole really, not to let that happen. He went on to discuss their lobbying plans, and their need to leverage the genuine efforts of civil liberties groups and advocates, to pressure business-friendly politicians, to simultaneously win both sides of the aisle.
It was a hard fight, but they won. And very quickly, as one suspicious of power might have predicted, secure from the interference of a less enlightened elected government, ten individuals from this elite group began to amass sensitive, useful information on those with political power, while simultaneously refining their abilities to manipulate mass opinion.
And very rapidly, and very quietly, the power of the Group of Ten grew. But all human enterprises contain within them the seeds of their own destruction. A disgruntled worker from the dark side of the Group of Ten's operations has turned informant for a deliberately underfunded section of the FBI's counterintelligence division. Or rather, had briefly turned informant before dying in a traffic accident caused by a malfunctioning stop light.
With their own communications open to the scrutiny of other government agencies and Congressional committees by law, the FBI unit finds its investigation sabotaged from within at every turn. On the brink of being completely shut down, however, they find an unlikely ally in the form of a wealthy, private benefactor - a woman known as among the most ruthless of competitors in the hedge fund world.
She offers to provide them with highly expensive, but secure, communications, facilities, and a highly skilled if morally questionable cadre to supplement their operations. Pushed to the point where the unit believes it must break the law in order to preserve it, they accept her help, but at her well-guarded home near Boston question her closely as to her motives.
She glances briefly at them with hard eyes, then walks to the window to watch two of her grandchildren playing. It is a world in which massive inequality becomes impossible to escape; in which the select few remain forever beyond the reach of any organized and informed democratic efforts at improvement.
It is a world where democratic self-government is quickly being replaced by a libertarian dystopia of little true self-government at all. What those drunk on the writings of the 18th century forget is that less government power does not necessarily mean more freedom. This is not a choice between gentlemen farmers of Virginia and power-hungry Federalists.
It is easier, in this age, to maintain a government that acts within the law than it is to trust private industry to do the same. I will not be a party to the replacement of the ballot-box with the shareholder-proxy. I will not allow the hands of democracy to be tied, and its officials corrupted, while loosening those whose primary ethos is that of the marketplace. This world is not some techno-fairyland where each special snowflake is going to be cherished and nurtured. In reality, beneath the babble of the silicon evangelist, this is quite simply a war for power.
But unlike such wars in the past, one side can win this without appearing to win, or indeed to fight at all. They can even preach the virtues of individual freedom, warning us of an Orwellian future should we not accede to them, all the while slowly eroding the power of those institutions most necessary to our actual freedom and actual self-determination.
She turned back towards them. Behind her, high in the afternoon sky, the dark disc of the moon slowly crept over the sun. A total solar eclipse, the covering of a star by a much smaller, but well connected and well positioned sphere, had begun. Was my earlier submission MITM'd or deleted for some reason? If the latter, I did use an assumed name but figured the regulars would know it was me I also didn't feel like counting all the words, but I can edit down if that was the case. The US president's daughter, Laura Romley, is vacationing in Paris when she gives her Secret Service handlers the slip to meet up with someone she has been interacting with using the latest instant messaging hit - Wossup.
But she doesn't return, her phone is not reachable and a kidnap message is sent via Wossup to the White House account. Tracy and Clive are left with no option but to travel to Ukraine to enlist the Wossup team in their efforts. On reaching Kiev, their task of locating the Wossup developers is complicated by the civil conflict that threatens the region - which seems to have caused the Wossup team to abandon all their usual haunts.
Meanwhile, the kidnappers send their demands - the US must remove all their personnel and equipment, official and unofficial, from Ukraine and stay out. US satellites start monitoring an increase in Russian military buildup on the Ukrainian border. The Wossup team, holed up in an abandoned WWII bunker in Donetsk, are monitoring the "end to end encrypted" messages with growing concern. Built as a way for their leader, Viktor Poroshenko, to fulfil his deviant sexual appetites and blackmail women to act as drug mules, the app has now attracted the unwanted attention of a major geopolitical conflict.
Russian security forces based in Ukraine are tasked with locating the Wossup team and destroying them so that no proof, linking Laura's disapperance to them, can be unearthed. But Kiev is now controlled by forces sympathetic to Russia and they have no way to leave the safehouse safely. Laura is taken by the Russian agent who exchanged sexy texts and selfies with her to a warehouse outside Marseilles.
After her initial attempts to beg and reason with her captors fail, she turns the tables on them and escapes with her cellphone. Her talktime and battery have been exhausted so she is only able to send one Wossup message to Tracy before it shuts down. Tracy applies enhanced interrogation techniques on Viktor while Clive hacks his laptop and Wossup's nefarious scheme is laid bare. Laura's message then gives them all the information they need to save her and expose Russia's hand.
Can Tracy and Clive save Laura and stop a major geopolitical conflict in time? Their only hope is to use Wossup. And everyone hated that jackass Nixon. NS: I agree it is terrible, sir. Non-native speaker here: I would appreciate a quick definition of "tattletale" as my dictionaries are somewhat ambiguous. I fear that a slight shift in meaning may influence the answers. Also, is the take on this dependant on cultural values?
Is your question? Would parents from the US answer differently than parents from, say, Italy or India? Stephie, probably: a child who tells a parent, teacher, etc. Can you give a concrete example? JamesSnell the dfinitio is not mine, I copied it from Miriam Webster. But that is in any case something the OP should consider: what is xir definition of tattle tale, and what was xir friend's. I think the one other thing to consider is the effect "tattling" has on the people, not just children , who are tattled on. If the person being tattled on is punished for it, they will blame the tattler.
The thought process for an adult is, " Nothing was being harmed, so it wasn't any of your business ". In the end, being a tattle-tale can create many enemies, and will likely only come back to harm you. For siblings or schoolmates, it can result in an escalating rivalry of trying to get each other in trouble - which is good for nobody. Well, one reason for sure is that "Nobody likes a rat! Max Haaksman Max Haaksman 2 2 silver badges 3 3 bronze badges. It's decreases their independence.
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