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So Long Internet Privacy, Hello Dystopia

It looks very likely that our internet histories will soon become available to the highest bidder, thanks to House Republicans and ultimately, Donald Trump.

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As corporate interests shape our relationship to privacy, I propose we take a moment to consider the dystopian road this could lead us down.

Brian K. Vaughan’s graphic novel Private Eye envisions a future in which people fiercely guard their personal privacy through public disguises.

The story follows a detective as he works to solve the case of a mysterious murder.

The plot is fast-paced and surprising while still adhering to the film noir genre. My favorite parts involve the protagonist’s grandfather: an aging Millennial who is hard of hearing, fully tatted and video game obsessed.

Illustrator Marcos Martin’s attention to detail is fantastic, which you can see in the selected panels below:

Like I said, film noir

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The variety of disguises is incredible

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Marijuana cigarettes: legal in the future?

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Millennials: the generation with nothing to hide?

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A future where the Press are the Police

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This clamshell iBook from 1999 makes a significant cameo

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If you’re feeling down about the future of privacy and the internet, I recommend visiting your local library. Many librarians are surprisingly dedicated to protecting the privacy of their communities — and as an added bonus, they can probably help you find this book.

 

 

 

 

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