How could technology be used to assault liberty? Where are the bounds of morality drawn for those with unlimited access to our data? And how are good intentions manipulated into the perpetration of injustice?
These questions unfold within Moral Panic, a page-turning cautionary tale exploring the collision of the most extreme elements of vigilantism, surveillance data, and technological media manipulation. It wanders through the maze of near-future surveillance with a skeptical eye on the data-driven world we live in, hoping an awareness of the possibility of such a story prevents it from coming true in the real world.
As C.T.O. of the largest corporation in the world, Tanner Moore is about to release the greatest convenience innovation in the history of business: drone delivery services to every inch of the globe.
But when an interview with journalist Amy Noral is secretly recorded and published by the clickbait media, Tanner's fall from grace is swift and brutal.
He is fired, publicly condemned as a terrorist for comments he never made, and kidnapped by a mysterious vigilante group using surveillance data to track and kill their enemies. Tanner must navigate this underground world of violent zealots and hedonist hackers to find his way to freedom, or see his drone innovation controlled by the seekers of absolute power.
Above ground, Amy, the only person who doubts Tanner's guilt, delves into the string of mysterious circumstances surrounding Tanner's disappearance. Risking her own well-being to find the truth, she meets a mysterious conspiracy theorist on the internet offering to help her uncover the vigilante group's malicious purpose.
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The message is ancient: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Baron Acton). “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux). “Revenge is a hot coal you pick up to throw at someone. It is your hand that gets burned” (the Buddha). The delivery is a page-turning thriller set only a few years into the future, with technology that probably exists in secret, right now. I won’t do a spoiler, but consider our world of bots that post on social media, and imagine them in audible form, in your voice. An undercover CIA operative and a billionaire’s heiress both suffer a terrible tragedy, setting them on the path of making the world a better place. But their well-intentioned actions result in... moral panic. The hero starts as a brash, overconfident executive on the road to corporate stardom, who suddenly finds himself unemployed, and hunted for terrorism. He is kidnapped before the FBI gets to him, and then... You’d better read it.
Tanner Moore works for Paragon and is interviewed for the next big technology release from the company. But his interview is manipulated and things he never said gets him fired. If this wasn’t bad enough, Tanner has come to the attention of the vigilante group Social Justice. This group was originally created to fight sex traffickers. But the leader has changed the way things are done since it seems the justice system failed to take care of these scum bags that they were catching. They have evolved into eliminating the problem from the start and now Tanner must navigate the group to get out alive. This is an interesting story on technology’s affects on our world, media manipulation, and morals. This world has more technology but could easily be just a couple years down the road from present day. The question is if we really need all of it. Then you have media manipulation, something that has become more and more common in this world. But the Social Justice group is a great example of vigilantes. They feel not enough is being done to these people and decide to start a group to take care of the problem and the go about it with a good goal. But then when the justice seems to be failing them they take matters into their own hands. Overall I really enjoyed this book. There is so much more happening in it than I originally thought from the book blurb. I think it’s a great read and that everyone would enjoy it especially with how it fits the world we live in today. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.