Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Takes on Political Tech Scandal in E-Original

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Think Watergate was America’s biggest political scandal? In 2012, the scandal goes viral.

In “Floodgate,” the new e-original short from author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Matt Richtel, a powerful computer program reveals the true views and habits of the men and woman running for the highest offices in the land. No longer can politicians lie or sanctimoniously preach about how others should behave, while themselves engaging in the very behavior they demonize. No longer can they do one thing in private but advertise themselves as something much holier in public.

Think it’s impossible? Think again—it’s already happening.

  •     During a landmark obscenity trial in Florida in 2008, a lawyer for a defendant accused of selling pornography undertook a remarkable and novel strategy of introducing into evidence the Internet searches (taken from Google trends) of everyone in the community, showing that the defendant wasn’t selling anything more lurid than what thousands of regular citizens were downloading on a regular basis. [Balik, Rachel. "Lawyer Seeks to Use Google Search Data in Florida Obscenity Case." FindingDulcinea. 25 June 2008. Web. 23 Aug. 2012.]
  •     Take any number of incidences where a Congressperson preaches morality, only to be exposed by the contents of his or her texts, emails, or sent photographs
  •     Witness numerous examples of massive database hacks in which personally sensitive information has exposed our medical conditions and financial information.

In “Floodgate,” Richtel takes these ideas and adds one more insidious twist—it’s not just our politicians being exposed, it’s potentially all of us. And this technology—so basic, so much a part of our everyday lives—allows it all to happen so simply and seamlessly that you have to wonder: Is it already happening?

“Matt Richtel [is] the absolute master of crafting amazing fiction around cutting edge science.”
–Edgar-award winner David Liss

Praise for Devil's Plaything
“A brilliant thriller. A blend of Michael Crichton and Alfred Hitchcock. From page one, you’ll not be able to put this book down.” –James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Bloodline

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