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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably fully aware that the US government’s National Security Agency (NSA) can read your email, track your web movements, and access your Skype, Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and almost any other major internet account (strangely, Twitter seems exempt). Naturally, how does the internet respond? Through memes, images, and blogs. So, presenting a selection of the best responses we’ve found in regards to this evolving story … and just in case you were wondering, I’m sure the NSA now knows you’re read this.

Obama Is Checking Your Email

There’s nothing creepier than the Commander in Chief looking at a screen that might have your data on it. And now there’s a whole Tumblr blog accumulating those images for you. The amazing thing about this is that you’ll never look at a picture of Obama looking at a screen again without wondering what he’s reading.

Pondering the Nature of Secrecy

There’s nothing like a good ole fashioned dinosaur to make your ponder governmental logic.

An Update on Shepard Fairey’s Obama Posters

Shepard Fairey’s “Yes We Did” (2008) poster for the post-election image has been updated. (via

A play on Fairey’s most famous Obama image, “Hope” (2007). (via


Repurposing Americana Faves

Based on the classic “Don’t Tread on Me” (aka Gadsden) flag from 1775. (via

Image by Will Varner, h/t to our commenter (via

And there’s the Compliant Corporations …


The Latest

Required Reading

This week, the National Gallery of Art finally acquired a major work by Faith Ringgold, the director of The Velvet Underground talks film, North America’s Hindu Nationalist problem, canceling legacy admissions, and more.

Did Judy Chicago Just Troll Us?

Nowhere in the museums’ advertising blitzkrieg for the performance were we told to bring our wildfire-season masks as well as our covid masks, and covid masks don’t prevent smoke inhalation.

Hrag Vartanian

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic. You can follow him at @hragv.

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