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The Dark Knight: It’s alright to spy on people

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A couple of weeks ago, I saw The Dark Knight, the latest Batman movie.

Good movie. Not really the masterpiece that everybody makes it out to be, but still good. Great, by comparison with the insipid junk routinely served by Hollywood nowadays. Doesn’t kiss the soles of Sin City, though. But I’m not writing to praise the movie, there’s enough of that already.

The one thing that really stuck with me was the story about why Fox, the geeky scientist working with Batman, creates a spy system that relied on cell phones to develop real-time sonar images of any place in the city. This technology doesn’t exist, of course, but that’s unimportant. I don’t remember the exact words, but here’s how the argument went:

Wayne: “I want you to create this technology.”
Fox: “No, I won’t, it’s unethical.”
Wayne: “But it’s needed for the safety of Gotham.”
Fox: “OK, but just this once. Then, turn it off.”

So, as I see it (and it was difficult not to, they shoved it down my throat), the message goes like this: “It’s alright to spy on people, as long as it’s temporary and for their safety.” And Morgan Freeman’s grandfatherly confidence-inspiring face says: “It’s alright to spy on people as long as you trust the person who has the plug.”

Well, BULLSHIT! It’s never alright to spy on people. The safety of the people from this largely fictitious monster-in-the-closet of the 21st century, the terrorist, is much less at risk than the governments are marketing it to be, so that they can push their slimy, Orwellian spying programs through. The safety of the people is much more at risk from the governments spying on the people and knowing everything about them. Repression of dissent is just one short step away. And you can never trust the person who has the plug, because that person is either just another lying, two-face political whore, or directly controlled by such a whore.

The following statement by Benjamin Franklin is quoted more and more often, but maybe it’s good to quote it one more time:

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

Oh, and just before the Dark Knight, another choking bit of the Wise World Leaders’ [*] agenda was being pushed down my throat by a trailer to this idiotic braindead movie. The message of the trailer was “War is fun! Having people blown to bits and their heads chopped off is so great!” Yeah. Sure. I wish all the team that produced this movie serves in the military for a couple of months in a war. Then let’s see who’s still laughing. Morons.

[*] One of the three words in phrase “Wise World Leaders” is sarcastic. Let’s see you guess which.

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Written by tma2

10 August 2008 at 5:03 pm

Posted in Movies

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