What would you do if you found out that your government has been listening to your every conversation?
What would you do if you found out that your government has been listening to your every conversation for the last six years? How would you react upon discovering that since 2007 the National Security Agency has been monitoring and collecting all activity through Verizon, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook, Skype, et al? What if it didn’t matter to them — to the powers that be, the all-watchful eye, the proverbial Man — that what they were doing was completely invasive of your privacy and violated your constitutional rights?
The answer to all of these questions is one of the following: You would feel a chill run down your spine as it dawns on you that the previously fictitious writings of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley are slowly becoming an alarming reality all around you; you would try to make a joke about it and pretend it isn’t a serious issue; or you’d shrug it off and go back to browsing the web and enjoying the leisurely and convenient technology at your fingertips, shoving the uncomfortable thought into the back of your head where it will gnaw and scratch and bite like a neglected puppy. No matter which option you go with, you are ultimately doing nothing. You are displaying a striking sense of passivity and happily accepting the fact that an unknown entity is watching your every move and stripping you entirely of your rights not only as an American but as a Human Being. Your government has, in fact, admitted to invading your personal privacy and doing so, evidently, without the consent of anybody. They are in control, and they realize this, and much like anybody who is given far too much power for their own good, they have chosen to abuse their authority. And as long as we sit idly by and do nothing, we’re following our orders and allowing ourselves to be inveigled and violated.
Even by writing all of this, by sitting on my bed and typing furiously upon the keyboard I’m not contributing to very much at all. I, like you, have done nothing to prevent this Orwellian dystopia from building itself right over our heads. The top comment at the bottom of the embedded article above reads, “Get used to it. This apparently is how the world works today.”
Get used to it. This is the world we are living in, daunting as it may be: the one we have accepted without even knowing that we’ve accepted it. Because appearing blasé and turning a blind eye is the laziest form of ignorant acceptance. So get in line, right behind me. Stand up straight and look forward — not up or down or beside you. We are being watched, listened to, and controlled. And we’re not going to do a goddamned thing about it.