Want to help me make an NSA Piñata?
Hey, there! I’m a long time reader of FDL, but I never felt the need to write a diary. Everyone else’s are so good; it’s always been enough for me to read, enjoy, and learn.
Now, though, I’m in the middle of an art project that’s going to be at a show here in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and I thought I’d crowdsource some ideas. I’m excited that it’s given me the opportunity to write a diary, too.
Here’s the plan: I’ve been storifying some of the more bizarrely negative twitter comments about Glenn Greenwald for awhile now. I’m going to print out the tweets and use some flour and water to make them into a piñata. And then, when you hit it, pieces of candy will come out wrapped in brief, informative facts about the NSA. For example,
In 33 years, the FISA court has granted 33,942 warrants, with only 11 denials – a rejection rate of 0.03%.
This story, though, is so complex, and I’d sure like to have some input. So… if you wanted to tell someone something about the NSA story in one easy sentence, what would it be? The definition of metadata or encryption? The difference between foreign and domestic? What it means to be a secret court? Maybe some of the numbers– the trillionth piece of data collected this year.
These are some of the things I’ve thought of so far, but I know that this community is an ideal place to ask for some great ideas. I’d just love to share this project and get some more people involved. If there’s something you’d like to add, thank you!!!