Monday, December 23, 2013

Snowden again...

2.5 months ago, I posted my thoughts about Snowden and his intentional spillage of classified data.

A few days ago, a friend of mine posted an article discussing how Snowden didn't make Google's top 10 most searched topics.

Today, a different friend posted (on Facebook...due to respect for his [and others'] privacy, I will not copy/paste or screenshot the discussion) that Snowden was filtered from Twitter's search engine.

Some musings and things to think about:

Firstly, I'm glad I'm not the only person out there that thinks this "Snowden is a hero" thing is ridiculous.  The fact that I saw several articles that mimicked my thoughts is a bit refreshing.  Here's one.

Secondly, there seems to be a lot of people on the web (and in real life) that think that the government is censoring the search content.  They don't have *that* much power and hooks into the systems to achieve that way.  Google (and more than likely Twitter too) wouldn't mess with such query results...what would they have to gain, and why would they do this when they're already pissed that the NSA was able to intercept much of their back-end data?  If the query results show that Snowden didn't make the top ten, that means that he didn't make the top ten...maybe people don't care so much about him.  Oh, they understand the implications of NSA snooping, but they don't need to read articles on Snowden to study up.  The only people that are concerned about Snowden are his supporters (and maybe the NSA and other 3-letter gov't orgs -- from the standpoint of never letting such a thing happen again).  Yes, I'll say it again:  The only people that are concerned about Snowden are the people wearing the tin foil hats...and, apparently, there aren't many of those types of people compared to the rest of the world, because their concerns didn't show in Google's top ten topics for 2013.  Thinking on that, that is rather shameful, yeah...people were more concerned with Miley Cyrus and her twerking than their privacy where the NSA is concerned. Again, I am concerned with snooping...I *am*, but, as I explained my my last post about all of this, the NSA isn't attempting to record the whole of the world's lives.  They're data-mining and looking for trends that tend to stick out like a sore thumb.  They aren't looking at you at a personal level every day (unless you've an anthrax factory in your basement).

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