Comic-Con: Pokémon Go Is ‘Totalitarianism,’ Says Oliver Stone

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Oliver Stone managed to rev up publicity for his new film about Edward Snowden by likening Pokémon Go to totalitarianism, reports Vulture:

Last year, on the first day of Comic-Con, I watched Jennifer Lawrence lead a raucous Hunger Games panel where she razzed her co-stars and wiped her runny nose on the dais tablecloth. This year, on the first day of Comic-Con, Oliver Stone brought his new film Snowden to Hall H for a sedate conversation about infamous whistleblower Edward Snowden, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the film. It was a little bit of cognitive dissonance, to come to this convention devoted to blockbuster spectacle and fantasy only to watch an Oscar-winning filmmaker earnestly discuss patriotism and answer questions about Manuel Noriega. I could feel the crowd getting restless.

And then, some angel in the audience asked Oliver Stone about Pokémon Go. … “It’s not really funny,” the filmmaker scolded us. “I’m hearing about it too, it’s a new level of invasion. Once the government had been hounded by Snowden, of course the corporations went into encryption, because they had to for survival, right? But the search for profits is enormous. Nobody has ever seen, in the history of the world, something like Google, ever. It’s the fastest-growing business ever, and they have invested huge amounts of money into what surveillance is, which is data-mining. They’re data-mining every person in this room for information as to what you’re buying, what it is you like, and above all, your behavior. Pokémon Go kicks into that. It’s everywhere. It’s what some people call surveillance capitalism.  It’s the newest stage.”…

[continues at Vulture]

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