Most of you have probably caught all or some of this http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/06/us-tech-giants-nsa-data
Everything we write on Facebook, search on Google, say on Skype, etc. can potentially be spied on by the US government. This is not a surprise, really. We’ve slowly been moving towards the panopticon society for a while now, but it’s a rude awakening having it thrown in your face like this.
I have to admit this conjures up conflicting feelings of fury and apathy in me. Fury since this is just an unacceptable way of constructing a society. We are all being criminalized and our freedoms are being stolen. Apathy since my life, like so many others, is wrapped up in digital connections and I don’t know how to disconnect without losing much that I value and am not willing to give up.
Gramsci was absolutely right. There is a ruling hegemony that finds cohesion in the need to keep the great mass of us docile and compliant and preoccupied with other things than tearing down the system.