@LibertyLion I am using it loosely. @Moderator gave us 280 characters and couldn't be more specific. I refer to the availability of information, and how quickly it's transferred. If FB gives tyrants fits in the 3rd world, just imagine the most integrated country in the world.
@BigFish I hope you're using the term "relatively informed citizenry" very losely... because that's precisely the problem. sheep can be herded and stampeded in whichever way a powerful public speaker feels... i.e. American politics.
@LibertyLion I'll agree that the government tracking everything is a threat to our system of government, but IMO it's unrealistic to think that America with it's progressive nature and relatively informed citizenry could ever be tyrannized directly.
@BigFish having an ultimate, all-knowing, superior govt makes me extremely uneasy. the biggest threat to a democracy is the govt itself... so if nothing can stop it, then we are no longer a democracy, merely a soft tyranny.
@LibertyLion The government HAS been watching our "every move" forever, as much as they can given the available technology of the times. Where is this absolute governmental control everyone seems so worried about?
"Accountability" at least in the US, is a fabrication when it comes to the Federal government. It's a political spectacle more concerned with dirtying the hands of the opposite party than with actual corrective action. So I'd say "yes" if I thought it were possible
@BigFish The point is the government doesn't have the right to know what you as an individual decide to keep private. Have you ever downloaded music/movies illegally? If so how would you feel about feds targeting you for that bc they didn't like you or your ideas?
@ReDxSiLLy As naive as it sounds, we have to trust the government which has come out and said that this *has* prevented terrorist attacks. It's the NSA hacking us - not vice versa - and without hacking some database I'm not sure how you expect a viable answer to that question.
I don't see why it's such a big deal - if I am doing nothing wrong then I have no problem with the government keeping tabs on me. And if it stops a terrorist from attacking this country, then it's all good with me.