The authors offer an expertly banalized version of tomorrow’s world: the gadgetry of decades hence is predicted to be much like what we have right now — only cooler. “Progress” is driven by the inexorable spread of American consumer technology over the surface of the earth. Already, every day, another million or so Google-run mobile devices are activated. Google will interpose itself, and hence the United States government, between the communications of every human being not in China (naughty China).
Assange gets it while others merely remain apathetic, indifferent, lulled to sleep by the promise of a free lunch. But that lunch ain’t free, kiddos, even if you think what you’re paying for it doesn’t cost you anything.