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Edward Snowden and the Death of Nuance 388

Posted by samzenpus
from the cut-and-dry dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "As the noise and drama surrounding the NSA surveillance leaks and its central character, Edward Snowden, have continued to grow in the last few months, many people and organizations involved in the story have taken great pains to line up on either side of the traitor/hero line regarding Snowden's actions. While the story has continued to evolve and become increasingly complex, the opinions and rhetoric on either side has only grown more strident and inflexible, leaving no room for nuanced opinions or the possibility that Snowden perhaps is neither a traitor nor a hero but something else entirely."
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Edward Snowden and the Death of Nuance

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  • by korbulon (2792438) on Thursday January 30, 2014 @09:19AM (#46108881)

    How have people not noticed that we live in a society where EVERYTHING is a false dilemma. EVERY debate we have politically is a false choice.

    The biggest one is this constant claptrap of socialism vs. capitalism. If you think that we should have a national health system immediately you have a backwards yokel yelling about socialism. The U.S. isn't pure capitalistic and never has.

    Huh. Spoken like a true LIBRUL.

  • by TheloniousToady (3343045) on Thursday January 30, 2014 @09:33AM (#46108975)

    the opinions and rhetoric on either side has only grown more strident and inflexible

    It's a good thing that doesn't happen around here. Luckily, extreme opinions here are moderated by moderate moderators whose moderation moderately moderates the most immoderate opinions and rhetoric, no mater how strident and inflexible they may be modulated.

    leaving no room for nuanced opinions or the possibility that Snowden perhaps is neither a traitor nor a hero but something else entirely

    Can Snowden be called anything but a first-class patriotic hero of the highest order? Say what you will, but I, for one, ain't ever gonna buy it.

    (Note for immoderate moderators: the preceding was satire, not trolling. Please don't take it personally.)

  • by znrt (2424692) on Thursday January 30, 2014 @10:11AM (#46109305)

    no actual NSA employees support him, and these are the absolute smartest people in the world, doing far more insane innovative things than anything in private industry.

    there! so it was all a lie and they are not at microsoft!

    (or ... maybe you even work for the nsa or [put equivalent gangster institution here] and are just another asshole enjoying the few crumbs of privilege and/or perceived superiority he can scrub off of what he spouts as being "deriving his own strength from power". and, you post it on ./, of course. hilarous).

  • Re:hero (Score:5, Funny)

    by meta-monkey (321000) on Thursday January 30, 2014 @11:15AM (#46110177) Journal

    What's wrong with hating The Eagles?

You are in the hall of the mountain king.

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