Older generations are horrified, younger generations are just happy to expand their audience.

For those of you not familiar with the latest US government scandal, (which is actually a fairly old government scandal repackaged) the American people found out that, gasp, their government had been spying on them! Everything from emails, phone conversations, and texts, to, I’m pretty sure, carrier pigeons have been gnabbed and analyzed by the National Security Agency under the guise of protecting everyone from terrorists. On top of that, there’s this whole Prism thing that, presumably, should be about refracting light but is, instead, a ludicrously overreaching plan aimed at collecting the same sorts of information (and then some) from foreigners but without some of the more important restrictions.

The whole thing is a little bit confusing to follow, what with all the leaks and special courts and stepping on rights to privacy.

But that’s where things get sort of funny to me.

Folks on the internet are up in arms about the amount of data the US Government has collected on its citizens and on foreign individuals over the years. While agencies like the NSA aren’t actually supposed to look at the bulk of this information unless you’re suspected of some terrorist connection, it’s still there, being held in databases just in case someone needs it. There’s something a little creepy about that, when it comes down to it, and I definitely understand the reaction. What’s funny, however, is that most people crying out about their privacy rights are often posting very personal shit on things like Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Reddit, dating sites, and gods only know where else. It’s kind of silly to be upset about your privacy when so many of us willingly give up privacy for the sake of getting a little attention on the internet.

It’s like, hey, I thought you wanted attention. Well, you’ve got it now!

I’m kidding.

Anyway, I suppose the one up side to all this is that none of us ever have to feel alone again! Seems like we’ll always have someone willing to listen to us.

EDIT: I feel like the last paragraph of this post was confusing. I was trying to make a joke about privacy and how often we are telling the world what we’re up to and show that it was a kind of logical hypocrisy, but it just ended up sounding like I was defending the NSA in some weird way. I’ve removed it for clarity’s sake, sorry! I also want to make it clear I am not in favor of government spying, as if that would ever be something I’d be into!