However, at that time if one were to discuss this idea that the government is tracking everything you do, people would look at you like you were literally wearing a tin-foil hat! No more! Now it is right out there in the open...but why?
The mainstream news outlets (in true Pravda fashion) regularly bury or fail to report stories that are embarrassing to the government- but, for reasons we will get into, this story has become ubiquitous. In other words, you hear about it over, and over, and over. Of course, the story is framed in such a way to distract from the crucial issue of government surveillance. The spying is but a subliminal part of the story, while we are to focus on the other, more benign aspects which make for "compelling" entertainment reporting. The manipulators of public opinion are clearly up to something devious- a subtle propaganda campaign designed to make it a part of public consciousness that everyone, everywhere in the world is being watched.
The effect is similar to what we see from the TSA at airports. This agency herds people into lines, and gives them a choice to either let a stranger view their naked body or submit to a full pat-down. What could be more dehumanizing, and humiliating than this degrading act? The common person says, "Well, I have nothing to hide, so who cares?" However, the psychological damage has already been done.
Presidio Modelo, Isla De la Juventud, Cuba
The open admission that the U.S. government is gathering all data it can possibly acquire domestically and internationally on ordinary people has created a global panopticon. It is like a constant body scan or pat-down every time someone communicates- we are all now naked before our masters, and we know it. This moment, the death of privacy, is an important milestone in the march toward tyranny- now everyone in society is aware of the intentions of the regime- total control.
One positive aspect of this shift in consciousness, is that there can be no more denial of the totalitarian intentions of the U.S. government. No longer should we have to endure the eye-rolling and dismissive attitudes of those who are interested in talking politics only if one stays safely within the John Boehner/Harry Reid paradigm.* This is the opportunity to open the lid on that box, and guide many people to a new perspective.
*Thanks Tom Woods