Over the summer, a lot of news has come out exposing the U.S. military’s massive warrantless surveillance of innocent people’s communications. But to actually spread the word about what’s going on, we can’t just rely on the news. There are a lot of people who give up reading for the summer, sort of like other people give up beef for Lent, and a lot of people don’t read newspapers at all. In order to change the minds of a majority of Americans, we have to reach people who won’t pay attention to complete sentences. How do we do that?
With pretty pictures you can click, that’s how.
The image you see above is an image from the website the National Security Agency uses to recruit kids for careers in surveillance work. Roll over the image and you’ll see it’s been tagged with speech bubbles to make the Cryptokids say the darndest things about NSA surveillance. The speech bubbles link to sources of more complete information, so that people who are sucked in by the eye candy can actually learn a little bit more about what’s going on.
This is my first shot getting the word out about NSA surveillance using the Cryptokids image. If you like it, share it with your friends, your enemies, and Aunt Edna who never opens a newspaper. If you don’t like it, what do you think the Cryptokids should say? Leave a comment with your suggestion, and I’ll try to remix the image for other versions.
P.S. Tip of the script to Thinglink for making this possible.