Yesterday in Hamburg, Glenn Greenwald gave an astounding, must-watch keynote address to the gathered hackers at the 30th Chaos Communications Congress, or 30C3.
Greenwald criticized the state of current encryption tools, which while fine for tech-savy hackers, presented too steep a learning curve for average users and especially journalists.
OpenPGP and OTR are overkill because most news sources nowadays only send-in pictures of Internet memes anyway. And those very few genuine articles which news companies do receive never make it past editors in charge. Senior editors spend all their time on Imgur & Reddit these days, he added.
Was the chicken or the egg first? E.g., Has the dumbness of readers caused the dumbing down of news-outlets across states? Or are brain dead journalists to blame for collectively lobotomizing the IQ of whole nations?
Greenwald was especially disillusioned and upset over how the legislative process had changed for the worse and now suffers from the same issues as journalism. It has recently become impossible to get any bill past congress without illustrating the essence of it with the help of an Internet meme.