I was sad yesterday and this morning. Now this evening I came across this Groklaw legal site shuts over fears of NSA email snooping | Technology | theguardian.com linking to this.
Groklaw - Forced Exposure ~pj
Before I had bookmarked the site but paid it not much attention, always had the opinion it just being a drop on a hot stone.
But after reading the last post on groklaw I was very sad. I actually started crying.
I grew up in eastern germany (10 years) where the Stasi was also eavesdropping on everything. That was before the internet though. So I grew up in a society where big brother was watching and everybody knew it.
Since then I never quite shook that feeling of having to watch whatever I do, it could be misinterpreted by somebody watching.
I'm not sure if that is just general paranoia or part of being an INFJ too.
What I found sad about the groklaw post is that she just gave up because her idealism was crushed. She wrote she can't work in this kind of climate anymore.
After reading the post and the guardians reporting on it and what went on in the UK with the government telling reporters to destroy data, I also realized how silly it all is.
We all just do what we must because we can. It's as simple as this. Still I wish it wasn't. - in an Ideal world.
If you have read this far thanks. Just wanted to vent.