An important question. Unless you’re an exhibitionist, the answer you’re hoping for is ‘no’. And of course, if you’re a women then you can substitute dick with your choice of naughty bits.
Why am I talking about naughty bits?
John Oliver landed a massive coup this week when he interviewed Edward Snowden about internet security. Remember, John Oliver is the host of the HBO show ‘Last Week Tonight’, a weekly comedy show. He’s tackled a number of serious issues, from the Tobacco industry, Net Neutrality Marketing to doctors and corruption in FIFA. Not necessarily stuff that you immediately think of as being particularly conducive to comedy.
I recommend every single one of those clips. Not only are they hilarious, they’re also very informative. In fact, you should make sure that you watch his show (Sky Atlantic in the UK or the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel).
Back to whether or not the US government can see my dick.
You may remember that Edward Snowden was the NSA contractor who leaked a whole bunch of top secret documents on how the US government goes about snooping on pretty much everyone on the planet. The Internet exploded, we all flipped out. Some call him a hero, others a traitor.
Fast forward a year and Snowden is made to watch a clip of average Americans who don’t have a clue as to who Edward Snowden is or what he did.
This montage comes moments after Snowden waxes lyrical about his achievement, that the world is now more aware of Internet privacy, that his personal sacrifice has been worth it.
Much like that famous scene from The Simpsons, you can actually pinpoint the second when Snowden’s heart rips in half.
Thomas, this is all well and good, but what’s your point?
Oliver concedes that while Snowden did indeed shed light on something that is vitally important, he failed to boil it down to the lowest common denominator. To one thing that we all care about. The one thing that we all want to protect. That place where we draw the line between ‘OK’ and ‘Oh no you don’t’.
We all care greatly about the whereabouts of the pictures of our naughty bits and we’d be appalled if we knew that the US government was able to get their hands on them.
What follows has to be one of the greatest interviews about surveillance and Internet privacy you’ll ever see – all based on how various acts and amendments make it possible for the NSA et al to check our your junk.
Apologies for the poor quality – the official clip is blocked from being viewed outside of the US. In case you need that written down, here’s the brilliant www.cantheyseemydick.com, a simple campaign site aimed at putting pressure on the US government to not renew the Patriot Act.
Want more John Oliver and Edward Snowden?
Here they discuss what makes a strong password.
Bits and bytes
- The seven essential skills for new marketers: analytics, social media, data visualization, technical skills, teamwork, newsjacking and soft skills
- Facebook remains the most used social network for American teenagers with 71% of all teens using the site, even as half of teens use Instagram and four-in-ten use Snapchat
- Now, if the stats from the previous bullet are to be believed, a good proportion of American teenagers are likely to be depressed
- Snapchat replaces “Best Friends” with friend Emojis
Videos of the week
Marvellous (if cheesy) clip by Nike Golf featuring Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
How do you get drunk city kids to not drive home after a night on the town? Taxi app Uber shows us how in this nifty stunt.
Ikea in The Netherlands have come up with a nifty set of Emoticons to minimise those costly misunderstandings in the home.
After seeing a story about a woman serving divorce papers through Facebook, James Corden uses his monologue to create social media-themed wedding vows.