Not to jump on a bandwagon, here... but since we are in the midst of one here in NoVa... it's likened to a deep chill. Journalists, according to the PEN America Center, writers are actively deciding to self-censor themselves... whether they be doing so on their own personal social media accounts or in their reporting... the effect of the knowledge of the PRISM program and the FISA court has scared them a l'il bit. And even your "average Joes" are all up in arms... FOIA requests are up 800% to the NSA's Pamela Phillips (chief of the NSA Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Office).
I especially love this response to the PEN Center's report from David Ulin, book critic for the LA Times. In essence: grow a pair and do your job. We live in America, we have rights and responsibilities.
Anywho, these little gems are great to consider if you are moving towards a discussion of civil liberties or media. If you have more time, you can listen to this On The Media interview of David Ulin.
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