Snowden vs ?

I’m not sure if ignoring the messenger and focusing exclusively on the message was ever a thing, but apparently some people think that pointing out issues of concern with young men hollering about canines (that’s only funny to SIGINTers) is untoward:

Since Snowden revealed his identity, the focus of US media has been overwhelmingly on him, rather than the legality or constitutionality of the NSA’s surveillance programs. The obsession with Snowden encompasses everything from a journalistic game of ‘Where’s Waldo?’ to straight up mockery.

All well and good, but it misses the much larger point. Comparing “Snowden” to “PRISM” isn’t the right comparison. Comparing “Snowden” to “boobs” is:


(or in this case, “boobs” (red) “Amanda Bynes” (gold) and “Trayvon” (green))

As I’ve stated previously, the vast majority of citizens don’t care about intelligence issues. They care about things that have a direct and observable impact on their lives (trivial or not). Even if minimize procedures were not in place, this all falls strictly in the category of “out of sight, out of mind.” Getting angry about the people’s willful ignorance is going to find you standing in a field yelling, alone, for a very long time.