Since I really can't bother to figure out the privacy settings on Facebook or disable the cookies that follow my Google and other searches, everything I do online is transparent to these computer companies and more importantly, to the advertisers who pay to follow folk like me. So what if the NSA joins the crowd? Hey, folks, join in! Check out the details of my boring life and continue on with your boring job.
Snowden's revelations don't faze me. They don't outrage me. Maybe Angela Merkel and other world -- European -- leaders are miffed that the British and U.S. governments can check their personal email, but then why didn't we know about Francois Hollande's affair with that youngish actress that's been going on apparently for two years until the paparazzi caught on? I guess the spy agencies were too busy checking out Merkel's comments on her wienerschnitzel and whether she was cooling off on measures to offset global warming.
Steven Levy has a feature article in this month's Wired magazine proclaiming how the U.S. government could kill the Internet by its invasion of privacy. It's a ludicrous argument because our privacy became moot as soon as Google installed AdWords, and even before that, when cookies were created by some evil marketing genius.
Anyway, there's a positive side effect to this Normandy Beach of privacy-invasion. If celebrities lives are always open for grabs, does that make all of us celebrities?