Originally Posted by bonscott87
Well, lets be honest, it would be pretty boring to have the show revolved around phone conversations instead of camera shots. LOL
The Americans seems to do OK with 80's tech...
There are "sci fi" elements to the show. But then just a month ago there were many here that denied the government could (or would) gather the data in the first place and now we know that to be true, they can and do. Perhaps not to the extent as shown in the show. But the tech is real and the government is doing it. That much is fact now. So funny how were told to put on our tin foil hats.
Anyone who denied that the goverment could, would or has been doing this stuff for a long time is living under a rock. Here's the most famous example of network spying going back to 2003:
Further, you only have to see one of those Echelon domes to know this has been going on way longer than even that:
Of course, we can't forget Magic Lantern, Carnivore, ADVISE and other systems. The thing is, some of this stuff has resulted in lawsuits that simply went nowhere, only to be forgotten until the next program came about. Repeat cycle of apathy and outrage.
The fact is, it's far easier to track and monitor someone using the spy device everyone willingly carries with them: their smart phone. It has a camera, a microphone, a GPS tracker and can conenct to the internet. It can also pair with any number of external devices wirelessly.
With some people, though, it's just as easy to follow them on Twitter or Facebook. They already give up all their information willingly.
The great thing about this show, they actually reference all that, including the collection of data through social networking.Edited by NetworkTV - 6/13/13 at 11:11am