THE SNOWMAN EFFECT: It’s all about the dick pics!
Watch video first.. Yes, watch it again if you haven’t already then read on….
Ok, so do you feel some horror and outrage even though you laughed your ass off? Yeah, me too. But after those feelings wear off I am just left with a sense of creeping dystopia and loathing. Honestly, this shit is just out of hand and no one is really capable or willing to deal with it and this comedic bit by John Oliver hits the nail on the head. No matter what you think of Snowden the point is even after all of the data being released and all its portents shared nothing substantive has happened. Sure, the world now knows and the security community at least seems to be in a quandary over it all but the general populace it seems cannot be bothered to even know who Snowden is and what he did? To quote myself here;
Ok ok ok, maybe the sampling was skewed in Times Square that day and the sampling was small but really, no one in there had a real grasp of the leaks never mind the import to their daily hyper connected lives? I am still a little stymied to believe this to be the case but there you have it on HBO. So as the date approaches for the re-up on the Patriot Act, and specifically the most egregious of all the egregious shit in it, Section 215 we the people seem to just be abdicating our rights as citizens to say no to this. Even as we see more executive orders come out on hacking and the ‘cyber’ that seem at least notionally obtuse and open to interpretation if not outright deliberately so to allow abuses, we are just gonna go back to collectively not caring about anything other than Kim Kardashian’s ass?
Oh.. Wait a minute here, I am forgetting about the dick pics!
Well obviously we have our priorities straight as a nation and a freedom loving people right? I mean FOR GOD’S SAKE YOU CAN TAKE MY PERSONAL CALLS AND CALL ME A TERRORIST BUT FUCK ME YOU CANNOT LOOK AT MY DICK PICS YOU SURVEILLANCE BASTARDS! Yeah, that is a bridge too far my friends! I suspect I will be seeing new ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ flags with a penis instead of a snake soon enough.
Ok, well then we have proven that we as a nation, as a people, do not comprehend the problem of pervasive surveillance enough to do anything about it UNLESS it is about our personal porn. I get it now. As no one but Oliver has made it about this I predict that section 215 will just get another pass. Meanwhile all our data collection will continue and the mass surveillance state will grow even further than it already has. This leaves me once again back at the stage of Neo Ludditism. Excuse me while I go to my 6’x12′ cabin in the woods and make my ‘packages’…