Prediction: at some point, failure to actively and completely participate in social networks will be considered a sign of subversive behavior that must be investigated, similar to using PGP email or Tor is today.

@jerry TSA agent: "please log in to your Facebook account"
Me: "i don't use Facebook"
[a siren blares in the distance]

@annika @jerry

Actual adverts from UK police:

"The man at the end of the street doesn't talk to his neighbours much, because he likes to keep himself to himself. He pays with cash because he doesn't have a bank card, and he keeps his curtains closed because his house is on a bus route. It may mean nothing, but..."

The Advertising regulator banned these ads for being offensive as they were implying lawful activity was criminal:

@switchingsocial @annika “if you see something, say something. Even if you don’t see something, say something just in case”

@jerry @annika

"Guido Menzio, an economist at the University of Pennsylvania, was working on a differential equation while waiting for the Syracuse-bound plane to take off from Philadelphia, the Washington Post reported. He had to present the findings of a working paper at Queen's University. But a passenger somehow mistook the equation for Arabic or some sort of Islamic code for a terrorist attack." :blobfacepalm:

@switchingsocial @jerry @annika what I don't get is, how does anyone think that someone would be plotting a terrorist attack on paper on a plane next to someone who can clearly see what they are writing....
(especially if she thought he was gonna attack the plane they were on, which... seriously? that'd be the worst prepared attack in the history of humanity)

@grainloom @switchingsocial @jerry @annika - Most people’s ideas of evil doing come from movies. You see the villian preparing for the attack, often speaking and writing in indecipherable languages, codes, and texts. Storywise, this paints the villian as an other, as something foreign and wrong. Folks see it in real life and freak out. Art imitating life imitating art.

That’s how the CFAA was drafted as well... so there’s that.

@tinker @grainloom @switchingsocial @annika makes me wonder if real life bad guys are also influenced by movies and feel the need to create crazy diagrams and written plans, simply because that’s the expectation...


@jerry @tinker @grainloom @switchingsocial @annika

Given who produce the movies we are talking about, I doubt real-life people work so.

Actually, if I think about , I guess it's much more people meeting for lunch and discussing who to kill and how while drinking a glass of wine and playing with their kids.

Maybe they are modeling Evils after owner and managers of that... plan and manage.
Or they use the "stigma of Evil" to ridiculize attempts to change the things.


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