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Snitch Culture: ...How Citizens Are Turned Into the Eyes and Ears of the State
In this alarming expose, investigative journalist Jim Redden examines how snooping has become so much a part of American culture that it is practically a family value, encouraged on billboards, television, and even in classrooms. From employees hired to spy on their coworkers to doctors forced to disclose medical information, the U.S. has developed a chilling network for ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 235 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Feral House
(first published October 30th 2000)
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It's pretty much a no-brainer that if most criminals are given the chance to snitch on somebody else to get themselves off they'll do it. & it sure as shit ain't going to matter if the snitch is a lie or not. Essentially, snitch culture is just the more desperate mirror image of cowardice at any level of society. If yr middle class nieghbors felt the slightest pressure against them from the Police State that cd be relieved by making up some outlandish story about you to assist in the Police ...more
Aug 22, 2007 Cat rated it liked it
Recommends it for: conspiracy theorists.
got this book because I work as a criminal defense attorney. I have my own thoughts about "snitch culture" so I got the book, basically because of the title. The book is useful in so much as Redden, a newspaper, gathers anecdotal evidence into a single volume . His source material is mostly from newspapers and free weeklies, and that is both a strength and a flaw. Over all, the book reads like an article from a free weekly. I don't mind that per se, but I was hoping for a more rigorous ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea rated it it was ok
what a weird, long, at times boring, and ambiguous read. i could never quite get a handle on Redden's politics or perspective. One moment he's championing anarchists and their free speech, the next he's railing against all government as part of a grand conspiracy to take away our guns. I felt like I was reading something all over the place going in multiple directions achieving numerous goals while sitting still and doing nothing. Don't get me wrong. It appears these essays are well researched ...more
This was actually more of a big-government scare guide, with citizen informant connotations shoe-horned in. But the summaries of some of the more notorious government/ citizen interactions from my lifetime were very informative. Most interesting was that the book was written prior to the post-9/11 PATRIOT ACT, after which many of the examples now seem commonplace.