Surveillance technology use is more addictive than crack AFAICT.
One reason why I never participated in any project that involved monitoring people was because I have seen what this technology does to the people who use it.
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Not that I follow any kind of literary critiques on Tolkien, but I've heard Jeff Berwick bring up The Lord of the Rings a few times. He's commented that Tolkien was an anarchist (this is true) and that the trilogy in part is a metaphor for state power.
In a lot of ways that makes sense. The 1 ring:
One ring to rule them all, <--- about power over others
One ring to find them,
One ring to bring them all,
And in the darkness bind them. <--- the downward spiral
I figure that the ring is also an allusion to Glaucon's ring
Your choice of the 1 ring there as an illustration is poignant. The corrupting influences of power, the ever increasing desire, lust, cravings... and the downward spiral that ensues.
I think General Keith "Golem" Alexander probably understands this. At least from a different perspective. "Utah, my precious!"