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Dang! Be careful.
Snowden, PRISM, and the Realms of the Unreal
With Edward Snowden’s abrupt entry into Moscow two weeks ago, National Journal writer Matt Berman totally nailed the strange unreality that was beginning to unfold: “If the Edward Snowden saga is a Michael Bay movie that we are all just living in, on Sunday morning it would have passed over the believability abyss.”
That’s the weirdness that’s been hanging over the situation from the beginning, really—so much seems remarkably implausible. From our perspective as designers and developers, it’s often the structure of situations that captures our attention, and this inverting of the normal logic of events captivated us. More importantly, we’re a tech company, and our industry is often remarkably inert in responding to situations like this, despite our futures as businesses and individuals being tied to them.
All this led us to our comment: the PRISM scandal is an event that quite drastically inverts reality. We romanticize events that “change everything” in a situation, but rarely do we witness one which turns so much so completely upside-down. The Snowden/PRISM story does this in two central ways, which are both worth examining.