The Surveillance Society mentality is streatching its tentacles out into everything and everywhere it can these days. Check out these headlines:
- Nation-Wide Internet Censorship Proposed For Australia
- China To Photograph All Internet Cafe Customers
- Every Email In UK To Be Monitored
- Tool To Allow ISPs To Scan Every File You Transmit
So the UK is going to try to monitor every single email going through its servers, and Australia is planning to monitor every file you send and receive (or are allowed to). Christ! I wonder how accurate that will be. Think we’ll be hearing about any “Brazil”-style fuckups with people being hauled off to die in prison because of a typo? And that’s not even taking into account what’s happening here in the U.S. We’re slowly beginning to adopt the surveillance camera craze that is gripping the UK, with more and more internet snooping from our government to follow. It’s goddamn depressing, but maybe it’s to be expected in an age of freely available and transmissible information. Information scares the people in control of things — too much of it really makes them squirm and tighten their grip on what you’re “allowed” to see and read. Of course we have the lawyer types to blame for some of it, since some of this ridiculous legislation is meant to curb theoretical lawsuits by the sue-happy masses, but for the most part it’s just good ol’ government paranoia and fear of an informed public.