This normalization of surveillance through reality tv and social media is harvesting a new "banality of evil" amongst modern societies like the United States. Although the threat of terrorism after 9/11 caused enough alarm to pass the Patriot Act this normalization has facilitated a public discourse that is now apathetic or even accepting of data storing and surveillance infringements. Without a thoughtful debate we will see Hannah Arendt's Eichmann come about in the 21st century. Governments are to blame for their overreaching; however, they are only filling a power void that the public they themselves have been absent of and to some degree have outsourced that power to the government. Even with Edward Snowden's recent revelations there is still a lack of public discourse pertaining to the balance of privacy and security. Any debate occurring is now being monopolized by government agencies and communications corporations; both of which are hierarchical authorities and not individuals.
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