Regarding Technology

CITIZENFOUR

Recorded on December 6th, 2016

If you’re a computer nerd, unnerved by this past Election Day, mildly paranoid, or all of those, you should watch CITIZENFOUR on Amazon Prime. I’m probably already on some list by even writing about this, but we all are anyway, which is one of the depressing messages brought home by this documentary.

I won’t give anything away that the world doesn’t already know, but I will say that the film does an outstanding job of showing what it must have been like to be Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald improvising their next moves as the news broke. Hour by hour, Snowden didn’t know what was going to happen to him. He knew he’d never return to the U.S., but that may have been all he was sure of. It’s so strange to see him gaze out the window at Hong Kong, knowing that the earth would tremble because of what he would reveal.

Be ready to drop your jaw multiple times as you hear the scope and depth of what’s technically possible for the NSA to collect.