Big Brother is here,
WASHINGTON (UPI) - With 1984 only three
veeks away, most Americans believe George Or-
vell's "Big Brother" society is almost here due to
:omputers that peer into their personal lives, a new
>oll said yesterday.
"By a massive 84 percent, most are convinced that
t would be easy, no problem at all, to put together a
ile on them that contains all their credit information,
employment records, phone calls, where they have
lived over the past 10 years, their buying habits, their
payment records on debts, the trips they have
taken," pollster Louis Harris said.
MANY AMERICANS, Harris said, believe such in-
formation files are already being kept for purposes
unknown, and 69 percent think the government
-monitored society in Orwell's 1949 chilling tale of the
future, "Nineteen Eighty-four," is at least
H 1 APPENI
Harris presented his findings at the Smithsonian
Institution's Eighth International Symposium," "The
Road After 1984; High Technology and Human
The poll, sponsored by the Southern New England
Telephone Co. and conducted in, early September,
was based on a sampling of 1,256 Americans and a
group of 100 people each from Congress and top cor-
porations, science editors and school superintenden-
THE POLL showed the computer revolution is ad-
vancing even more rapidly than many imagined,
with 45 percent of the general public saying they
know how to use a computer, 10 percent owning their
own machine and 50 percent expecting to own one
within five years.
Harris said "Overwhelming majorities see real
and serious and abiding benefits from the dramatic
growth of computers in their lives" with 83 percent of
Americans thinking science and technology have
done "more good than harm."
The poll suggests the real prospoect of a "have"
and "have not" division in our society, with the poor,
the elderly, unskilled and the less educated shut out
of the information age.
Most people polled said they look forward to shop-
ping, getting news and banking via two-way
television sets in the information age. But Harris said
he found a dark side to the new technology that
"shoots right out of this study as a bright red warning
More than half of all Americans, including those
most familiar with new technologies, think com-
puters are a threat to personal privacy. The poll said
88 percent believe computerized records are
vulnerable to outside tampering and most favor strict
federal laws to protect such information,
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U.S. no longer neutral
in Lebanon, Syria says
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The first official full-scale musical of the Musical Theater Program, a co-
production with the Residential College Players, opens tonight at 8.p.m. in
the Residential College Auditorium. The production is "She Loves Me" by
Bock and Harnick, creators of "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Fiorello! .
American Statistical Assn. - a film on William Cochran's early years in
statistics, 8 p.m., 1018 Paton Accounting Center..
Women's Studies - The Willmar 8, noon, MLB Lecture Rm. 2.
Mediatrics - The Philadelphia Story, 7 p.m., The Lion in Winter, 9 p.m.,
Nat. Sci. Aud.
Ann Arbor Film Coop - Every Man For Himself and God Against All, 7
p.m., Lenz, 9 p.m., Aud. A, Angell.
Classic Film Theatre - To Catch A Thief, 7:05 p.m., North by Northwest, 9
p.m., Michigan Theatre.
Performance Network - "Waiting for Godot," 8 p.m., 408 W. Washington.
Ark - Rosalie Sorrels, 8 p.m., 1421 Hill.
UAC - soph show, "Godspell," 8p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn.
Union Arts - "Music for Recorders & Viols," Beth Gilford & Enid
Sutherland playing music from the 16th century, 12:15 p.m., Pendleton Rm.,
Music - Jazz Band, Lou Smith conducting, 8 p.m., Rackham; Har-
psichord Students Recital, 8 p.m., Recital Hall; Piano Recital, Kelley Ben-
son, 8 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall; Violin Students Recital, 8 p.m.,
Rackham Assembly Hall.
Second Chance - Black Market, 9 p.m., 516 E. Liberty.
Soundstage Productions - Resistance Free, winner of the 1983 Battle of
the Bands; opening set, Al Peterson Band, 8:30 p.m., U-Club.
Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra - holiday concert featuring the music of
Bach, Mozart, Peirne, Paulus, and Haydn, 8 p.m., Michigan League.
Japanese Studies - James'McClain, "Riots & the Demise of Kaga Domain
- The Long Hot Summer of 1858," noon, Lane Hall Commons Rm.
Marxist Group - "Brazil Development & IMF," 7:30 p.m., 2443 Mason.
Opthamology - William Uttal, "Nonplanar Dotted Form Detection,"
2 tios ics5 -re ook t 't1, '"Teii 6r Bionietrics," 3:30 p.m., M4332
Chemistry - Alice Haddy, "Two Dimensional NMR in Protein Structure
Elupidation," 4 p.m., 1200 Chem.
Rackham; Ofcs. of Vice Pres. for Research & Acad. Affairs; English -
Thomas Parkinson, "Pound & Williams," 4 p.m., Rackham E. Conf. Rm.
Museum of Art - Mary Stephenson, "Still-Life," by Fantin-Latour,,12:10
p.m., Museum of Art.
Engineering - Judson Brown, "Moments with Creativity," 11:30 a.m.,
1017 Dow Building; David Stalling, "Chemometric Applications to
Analytical and Environmental Problems," 1 p.m., White Aud., Cooley
Marxist Groups - "Reagan's Plan for World Peace," 7:30 p.m., 2443
Med. Ctr. Bible Study - 12:30 p.m., Rm. F2230 Mott Hospital.
Fencing Club -8 p.m., Coliseum, corner of Hill & 5th.
Student Legal Services - Board of Directors Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Conf.
Rm., 3000 Michigan Union.
Cooperative Outdoor Adventures - 7:30 p.m., 1402 Mason.
Undergraduate English Assn. - Social committee, 5 p.m.; literary com-
mittee, 7 p.m., 7th floor Haven Hall lounge.
Center for Eating Disorders - self-help group, 7 p.m., First United
Methodist Church Green Rm., corner of Huron & State.
Engineering - Michigan Technological Council breakfast briefing, 7:15
a.m., North Campus Commons.
Art - work by bachelor of fine arts degree students, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Student Wood and Crafts Shop - advanced power tools instruction, 6 p.m.,
Scottish Country Dancers - beginners, 7 p.m., intermediates, 8 p.m.,
Forest Hills Cmmty Ctr., 2351 Shadowood.
Wildlife Society - Art sale & raffle, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1024 Dana.
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those who are countering aggression in
that region," said a commentary by the
Novosti news agency.
Charaa reiterated Syria's deter-
mination to fire on U.S. reconnaissance
planes flying over Syrian positions in
"THIS IS our right of self-defense,"
he said. "What would the Marines do if
we went our own aircraft on recon-
naissance over the U.S. fleet?"
In Beirut, President Amin Gemayel
again delayed a decision on whether to
accept or reject the resignation of
Prime Minister Shafik Wazzan and his
Cabinet, which was submitted Sept. 26.
Wazzan offered to resign to make
way for a national coalition cabinet to
steer Lebanon out of eight years of civil
BUT GEMAYEL again asked Waz-
zan to remain in office, promising to
launch nationwide consultations on the
formation of a broad-based coalition
government "soon." Wazzan agreed to
stay on, a presidential statement said.
It said Foreign Minister Elie Salem
will go to Syria today and then to Saudi
Arabia for talks on foreign troop with-
drawals and national reconciliation in
Daily Photo by TOD WOOLF
Rays of light from the Christmas tree on top of the First National Building at
North Main and Washington form sharp geometric patterns last night.
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