On Ghosts in Our Machines

The situation reminded me that the ferreting-out of secrets is merely one purpose of surveillance; it also disciplines, inhibits, robbing interactions of spontaneity and turning them into self-conscious performances... There are so many ghosts in our machines—their locations so hidden, their methods so ingenious, their motives so inscrutable—that not to feel haunted is not to be awake.

Walter Kirn, "If You're Not Paranoid, You're Crazy," - http://theatln.tc/1MvejBD