That's the best word you can find?

Interesting? Isn't that a bit bland, overly vanilla, for such an ominous warning? Snowden's claim is of the sort that we might expect would bring us out to the streets, to person the barricades. And if it doesn't cause us to do that, does that mean that we've become indifferent to alarmist claims of this sort, that too much whistle blowing has dulled our hearing? And of course there are obviously some who claim that we choose to disregard these warnings because ... well, because we've grown addicted to the benefits that the abandoning of our privacy offers us. What perhaps should be a major issue has for many become pretty much a non-issue. After all, we may not really have privacy, but that doesn't mean that someone is really checking up on us.

In a sense this returns us to the Panopticon, seeing it with more bark than bite, though again, that's perhaps at least part of the point. But when there's lots of bark and very little bite, does it really make sense to get stressed out? Though it's theoretically possible to observe everything we do, is it really worth the effort? What's more, there are some who suggest that the real threat isn't necessarily from those who wield state power. And sometimes constant observation can be honestly utilized for positive purposes.

Go to: Ain't no need to hide, ain't no need to run.