The latest celebrity being raked over the coals is Alec Baldwin, for an angry private voicemail to his daughter which he had reason to believe would remain private.


Apparently, all we say and do these days within range of electronic recording devices (sound and/or video) — and that’s pretty much all we say and do — is fair game for everyone else to punish us for.


No doubt we won’t be satisfied until we’ve extracted our pound of flesh from Baldwin, when he issues a penitent apology and submits to rehab, or anger management, or whatever public flogging we deem sufficient.

The East Germans in The Lives of Others couldn’t be sure that any conversation they had wasn’t being monitored and evaluated by the Stasi. It’s beginning to look like the principal difference between that world and ours is that now, we are the Stasi.


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