Snowden's Life Online

Friday, June 14, 2013

Transcript

On Wednesday, journalists discovered that Edward Snowden was an avid poster in their online forums. For more than ten years, he posted under the name TheTrueHOOHA. Ars Technica's Joe Mullin has been reading Snowden’s posts. He tells Bob that, taken as a whole, they trace the thinking of a precocious teenager into a tech-savvy geek into an opinionated adult. 

Guests:

Joe Mullin

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [2]

iyyy69 from USA

My initial reaction to this story is one of disappointment. As an avid reader of ArsTechnica, that article and it's companion piece about Snowden's girlfriend were largely lambasted by Ars readers - it was certainly controversial with nearly 1,300 comments (comments rarely get over 300 on Ars for even very popular topics). The general complaint was that it was trash journalism expected from tabloids, not a quality online publication by a well respected writer.

As an avid listener of OTM, I expect a critical look at how the media is covering the story... in the case of Joe Mullin's article, ironically the real story was the point of writing of the article itself (and again, don't overlook his inexcusable companion piece on Snowden's girlfriend), and whether Ars was in this instance, part of the "problem" of focusing on sensationalistic aspects of what is genuinely a really important larger story. Far too much coverage has focused on Snowden rather than what Snowden exposed.

Jun. 17 2013 05:14 PM
Chris Boese from Brooklyn

WOW. I am LOVING this story. Thank you for covering this. On the Media rulez!

Jun. 14 2013 08:15 PM

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