I don’t really want to call it “foreign intelligence” (court) anymore, because I think it’s just become a surveillance court, OK? And we are all foreigners now. By virtue of that order, every single phone record that Verizon has is turned over each and every day to NSA.
Facebook’s self-reflexive utility explains why the company finds privacy so tricky. The freedom to read and experience things privately is essential to self-development, the core proposition of the Emersonian ideal to which the Palo Alto tradition is heir. But Facebook’s core proposition is that when we collectively build the social graph, everyone benefits. The exact nature of those gains is perplexing; the company’s commercials show a lot of young people touching and smiling. Something good.
My inbound twitter feed this weekend is an eclectic treat.
Civil libertarians express horror at the extent of secret domestic surveillance by the US government. Democratic party loyalists attempt to distract with identity politics, because that has always worked. Cyclists hyperventilate about the latest citibike troll. Occupyists express hope (and envy?) for the backbone shown by our counterparts in Turkey. Everybody else pretends things are normal enough for them to tweet their usual industry-specific trivialities.
Follow these rules and I’m sure your submission will be accepted by any of the A-list websites, to be forwarded on Facebook and Twitter by thousands of “my party right or wrong” stalwarts.