Credit to ScytheRider's journal here: www.deviantart.com/journal/A-P…
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Oh, government. You're already 40% of the reason I'm moving to Canada. Then this gets revealed.
One of the biggest things from ScytheRider's journal that caught my attention was this:
"Chilling tactics tend to be very effective: when all your friends stop talking about something, you stop caring about it. When done effectively, the internet will stop caring about that news story published last year faster than they've stopped caring about the Harlem Shake.
Well, that's exactly what happened. The day this story was published, it was censored hard. While perhaps the most starting of all the Snowden revelations so far, it didn't pick up any momentum with the press. It didn't appear on the nightly news and it wasn't covered on any of the online news magazines. Moderators on reddit, which is perhaps the most popular forum in the world at the moment, actively deleted hundreds of links to this story for almost a full day, despite the thousands of votes and comments it was getting. It was... a bit shocking to watch happen, to put it lightly.
But it's understandable why: now we know that some of the highly-opinionated, intelligent-sounding people on the internet aren't just normal people trying to reasonably express their opinion. And knowing that, the whole program becomes vastly less effective."
I know the journal and article are both a bit tl;dr, but this deserves a thorough read and is actually fairly interesting.