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Too Much Information is the sober hangover after the digital party has run out of memes, apps and schemes. Host Benjamen Walker finds out that, in a world where everyone overshares the truth 140 characters at a time, telling tales might be the most honest thing to do.

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Options May 19, 2014: Surveillance Special

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:23am rsj:

should check out the center for investigating reporting vids, they're pretty cool. the term omni-channel marketing is pretty funny
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am common:

scary stuff.
Avatar 11:27am Deacon Dave:

I used to love cookies . . . .
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:28am ░Ī Ҡ ℰ░:

Good to hear you back on the air again, BW. Your music programs are missed.
  11:34am The Brooklyn Kid:

I guess I am the lone voice here for cameras watching the streets and parks
  11:36am The Brooklyn Kid:

If I could point out the serveilence cameras are the ones who caught the boston marathon bombers
  11:36am Dean:

The "good" NSA cops are full of it, and they know it.
Avatar 11:38am KOTJ:

A fork is a universal and useful tool...but in certain hands it's a weapon.
  11:39am GM:

That circus camera story is absurd...how is that claim not challenged?
  11:39am The Brooklyn Kid:

The issue of privacy in this technological age is OVER!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:40am Ken:

Anybody else experiencing the audio dropping out on the video stream?
Avatar 11:40am KOTJ:

Yes, Ken. Drops occasionally
  11:41am The Brooklyn Kid:

@ken it's been happening a lot on the iPhone app
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41am common:

Yea, Ken.
Avatar 11:42am Deacon Dave:

  11:42am Dean:

Recently in NYT re: facial recognition: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/18/technology/never-forgetting-a-face.html
  11:42am herb.nyc:

Can we request a Freedom of Info Act to find out what metadata the govt has on us? If so, the output could be several teleph books thick.
  11:43am PJ:

Brooklyn Kid: Privacy is vanishing only because we, as a society, choose not to protect it. We could enforce the 4th Amendment, or pass laws to prevent corporations from collecting information on citizens, but many people like you believe these things are unimportant.
  11:44am The Brooklyn Kid:

@PJ I never said privacy was unimportant
  11:46am The Brooklyn Kid:

To be honest I'd rather be safe and have little privacy than to be DEAD form a terrorist attack and have total privacy
  11:46am PJ:

As the former head of the NSA said, "We kill people based on metadata." See http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/may/10/we-kill-people-based-metadata/
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47am Ike:

Terrorist attacks are extremely rare. You're much more likely to die in a car accident by vast orders of magnitude.
Avatar 11:47am KOTJ:

  11:47am Dean:

EFF's Privacy Badger is useful, too.
  11:49am The Brooklyn Kid:

@ike would you like to say that to the families of the 9/11 attack
Avatar 11:50am still b/p:

Picture I uploaded per FMU's request for surveillance-related images: in front of a place that looks like a home but is an acupuncture and Chinese herbal center, there's a sign with just a simple yin yang symbol, with a small extra sign hung below that says "Smile - you are on surveillance camera." Hm. Balanced and monitored. Harmonitored?
  11:50am The Brooklyn Kid:

TOR! Are you serious! You know how freaken slow TOR can be!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:50am ░Ī Ҡ ℰ░:

Heightened emotional approaches to this type of discussion are not helpful or logical. You must remove emotion from the equation.
  11:51am The Brooklyn Kid:

Terrorists work night and day without REST to find a way to kill us
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:52am ░Ī Ҡ ℰ░:

Terrorists are rare. We pay too much attention to them and not enough to other threats that are *much* more likely to kill us.
  11:53am PJ:

Brooklyn Kid: The ironic thing is that information about the 9/11 attacks was known by the CIA and FBI and was ignored. If current surveillance had been in place then, would anyone have paid more attention?
Avatar 11:54am dc pat:

Man I'm bummed I missed this....or happy, one...
  11:54am The Brooklyn Kid:

This isnt the 1950's! We live in a digital age where computers and the internet are part of human life.
If you want privacy? Go and live in the woods like the unibomber ted kazinsky
Avatar 11:54am dc pat:

yeah, really--everyone walking around with murder weapons is way more of a problem than "terrorists"
  11:55am PJ:

Furthermore, no evidence has been provided by the NSA that any terrorist attacks have been prevented by the collection of metadata on US citizens.
  11:55am Dean:

I routinely use bad email addresses. I also transmit messages I don't want the government to see as acrostics.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am ░╫Kℰ░:

And yet, I agree with TBK about some cameras. Cameras should watch streets and parks. I've been mugged in the past and maybe with more/better cameras, they could have caught the guys. But NO watching private land/homes & corporations need to kept out of it in an IRON-CLAD way.
Avatar 11:55am northguineahills:

Thanks Ben & Susan! A very nice talk.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks for the informative show. I will have to check the archives for it, since I missed the first part, assuming that won't trigger any investigation into the matter.
Avatar 11:57am Deacon Dave:

I agree - good information
  11:57am The Brooklyn Kid:

@PJ why don't you place blame for 9/11 where it belongs BILL CLINTON! And let's not forget SANDY BURGER who destroyed documents to keep president Clinton blameless when it's his fault
Avatar 11:58am dc pat:

ho boy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am ░Ī Ҡ ℰ░:

You said it, DC Pat.
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