Finally got around to watching this documentary on the weekend. I think everyone should. Complex issues but worthy of reflection. My take is that at this time of unprecedented technological surveillance ability, we need to carefully review where we wish lines of privacy to be maintained. It also seems clear that after years of evolving toward massive centralized conglomerates of all kinds–mega-corps and mega-governments–we must now focus on decentralizing too big to govern and move back toward smaller, more local, more manageable, more individually accountable entities that serve individuals and our communities rather than a handful of untouchable elites.
CITIZENFOUR is the never before seen, utterly riveting first-person look at how director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald first met with whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong where he gave them documents showing widespread abuses of power by the National Security Administration. It is an unprecedented fly-on-the-wall account of one of the most groundbreaking moments in recent history. Here is a direct video link.