As the saga surrounding the revelations about the National Security Agency’s Prism program unfolded, I half expected a public figure to arise and declaim, a la Howard Beale in the movie Network, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”
I’m still waiting.
The story is getting plenty of attention from the media. Reporters are playing “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?” with the elusive whistleblower/spy Edward Snowden (take your pick). But do you care?
On June 10, the day that Britain’s Guardian newspaper revealed Snowden’s identity, the 10 most searched terms, according to Google Trends, were: iOS7, PS4, Tim Tebow, Mac Pro, Kingdom Hearts, Miami Heat, IGN, Chad Johnson, NBA Playoffs, and the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
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