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Ask HN: Books you read in 2015?
louisrochal: French law on surveillance made me want to read it again
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Ask HN: Books you read in 2016?
roninb: I reread 1984 this year and it gave me trouble sleeping for a few weeks afterward. The writing is so perfectly concise that your mind adds visceral details that fill everything in for you. It makes the environment (political, physical, economic, etc.) and everything Winston goes through so much more real.
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Ask HN: Which book have you re-read recently?
merryandrew: Much like in 1984, we have devices and companies constantly monitoring us (iOS, Android, Facebook, etc.), we have “news programs” and websites seemingly modeled after the “two minutes hate”, and we clearly have some Ministry of Truth-like misinformation getting spread around while accurate information gets lost or ignored.
Ask HN: What books fundamentally changed the way you think about the world?
Ask HN: Which non-technology book has influenced you the most and why?
kemiller2002: It profoundly changed how I view the government and technology. It gave me a strong respect for what a government can do, and how our reality is not just our naked perception, but it is what others want us to perceive.
mindcrime: I read it in high-school and it helped seed (or at least exacerbate) a strong sense of distrust for government and its agents.
Ask HN: What books have made the biggest impact on your mental models?
yodsanklai: A very powerful book. It really made a strong impression on me and definitely changed my views on politics, propaganda, governments and so on.
Ask HN: What are your favorite books of all time, and why?
Panino: Brilliant and terrifying.
Ask HN: Books on specific topics that have applied to many areas of your life?
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Ask HN: Books that changed your life?
kksm19820117: Turned me from a die hard socialist to a rabid anti authoritarian.
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Ask HN: What was the one book that you read and it actually changed your life?
mindcrime: I read this in high-school, and I can see very clearly how it has influenced my thinking up to the current day (and I'm 45 now). I would definitely say this book was a big part of influencing my to my strongly anti-state / anti-government position. I was so angry at the end of that book, and that still resonates with me today.
Ask HN: What books changed the way you think about almost everything?
TravelTechGuy: Changed the way I perceive language and culture permanently. The notion that if certain words no longer exist in the language, then the associated idea will disappear from the culture was Earth-shaking to me.
throwaway201902: Changed my perception about the state, our society, people's beliefs and media's influence. I was fascinated how Orwell was able to accurately portray the characteristics of totalitarian and authoritarian states.