A recent "Daily Show" report on the N.S.A. PRISM scandal was titled "Good News! You're Not Paranoid," which seems like an apt tag-line for a number of recent documentaries, from Cullen Hoback’s Terms and Conditions May Apply, which opens in New York on Friday, to Ben Lewis’ Google and the World Brain and Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks. If everything we do is being tracked, recorded and filed for possible Pre-Crime indictments, what you going to do about it?
In my Docutopia column this week, I take a look at this new doc wave concerning privacy, as well as what we can expect from doc filmmaker Laura Poitras, who co-authored the news stories about PRISM and was first contacted by now notorious whistleblower Edward Snowden, and her third as-yet-untitled film about the ramifications of the war on terror.
As evidenced by the number of docs on similar issues that are currently in circulation, privacy erosion is becoming one of the most important civil liberties issues of our digital age.