The Banality of Systemic Evil - NYTimes.com

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The Banality of Systemic Evil - NYTimes.com

In broad terms, commentators in the mainstream and corporate media have tended to assume that all of these actors needed to be brought to justice, while independent players on the Internet and elsewhere have been much more supportive. Tellingly, a recent Time magazine cover story has pointed out a marked generational difference in how people view these matters […]

This is a pretty good piece on whistle blowers and how they have been treated in mainstream media. I particularly like the distinction here for the “trust” that a government or company wants you to play in them versus the moral truth or rightness that whistle blowers feel they uphold.

The one thing I take issue with, though, is this notion that young people see Snowden et al in a favorable light, simply because of generational bias. The related implication is that old age makes you complacent. That’s just too simple an argument.

I dislike all these style of generational examinations, anyway, as if people are somehow universally alike because they were born at the same time. I’d guess it has more to do with one’s connection to the Internet – the closer you are to the Internet, the more likely you are to side with these whistle blowers. Sure, it’s more common that younger people are more connected, and therefore more sympathetic, but it’s not their generation that gives them this bent, anymore than someone being older makes then necessarily complacent.