The End of Privacy: We value information equally whether it was voluntarily shared, or stolen by hackers and distributed by Wikileaks. The acceptance of this trend will have a dramatic impact on speech, commerce, and politics for much longer than anything else that happened in this election. (Except maybe our national embarrassment.)
That our news celebrates revealing stolen information is an excellent point, one I wish we would stand up and address. It seems when we treat immoral acts of stealing and invading privacy as “great” for the outcomes they produce, we are really just letting ourself acknowledge that we’re okay if they do the same to ourselves. I would like to see a national discussion about what the implications of this are.
In the same tone, it seems people really don’t even care about what is revealed, whether it is true, or whether it even exists. (As in Comey implying that there was this significant new evidence that was about to incriminate Clinton, only for it to be “oops, no, nothing really existed…” Really?!?) Power influencing politics isn’t new though… Noam Chomsky or similar should be required individual for every American.
While I pray that Trump doesn’t destroy the country or the values I esteem, it seems the one potential unique quality he might possess is to break down some of the current power structures that promote our current state of government. (Here’s hoping, at least, seeing his pension for increasing litigation against libel and attacking free speech could easily take us in the opposite direction.)
At least, we, as a country, don’t stop analyzing, talking, and protesting about this stuff. If this election makes us stand stronger for what we believe in, than we’ll survive.