I remember a time when online mass-surveillance was a crazy conspiracy theory.
I was part of the rave scene in the 80s/90s/00s and we always assumed all telecoms networks were monitored (perhaps more to an extent than was reality back then), and on Usenet there'd be boffins openly posting with *.gchq.mod.uk etc addresses in places like comp.lang.fortran so anyone with any sense was careful what they shared online even in early 90s...
@fazzah I was one of the people rallying against it and being called a nutter for doing so. Sad wasted time as no one seems to care even now...
@fazzah The only solace I find in that is that I can be justifiably smug towards all the folks that called me 'too paranoid' before the Snowden leaks came out.
It's not a very big comfort tho...
@fazzah I got called a conspiracy theorist by someone on XMPP yesterday for saying google and microsoft invade their users' privacy which was genuinely unexpected
@fazzah And used to be a prescription for a myriad of psychiatric conditions... not much has changed, unfortunately.
@fazzah now think about what crazy conspiracies may be found to be true in the next 10 years. Make your bets :)
@fazzah You get called "conspiracy theorist" for mentioning Echelon in the '90, mass-surveillance, but also climate change and any other issue that people don't want to hear about. Self-deception is a powerful force.
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