Yesterday I wanted to google for a cartoon in order to show it to my wife. I joked that the keywords would probably get me on a watch list. My wife said I was a fool to use those search terms. Did I need to “prove” myself by googing those terms? When I said that if I stopped looking for information using those terms, I was already accepting that the police state is real. She said, thanks for making it harder for me, should I want to visit the United States again.
Needless to say, the argument was a bit longer and a perfect Saturday was ruined with a late night discussion about the current state of the
world surveillance society.
Recommended reading: Restoring Trust in Government and the Internet by Bruce Schneier.