It is a time of freedom and fear, of Gaia and of borders, of many paths and the widening of a universal toll road, emptying country and swelling cities, of the public bought into privacy and the privacy of the public sold into invisible data banks and knowing algorithms. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection.
These are the times when maps fade and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread.
Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
Tuesday, December 24, 2002
In a wonderful example of taste-your-own-medicine activism, critics of the U.S. military's Orwellian Information Awareness Office have created a civilian parallel, the John Poindexter Awareness Office. The objective of this website is to collect the same kinds of information on John Poindexter (IAO chief) that Poindexter aims to collect on the rest of us. As Poindexter scrambles to protect his own privacy, perhaps he will rethink his attempt to undermine ours.
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