Over the Summer we reported on a new product that was essentially a tinfoil hat for your smartphone, released at the height of the Edward Snowden revelations hyped by Glenn Greenwald on The Guardian and elsewhere.
Known as the OFF Phone, it wasn’t the first product to be manufactured and marketed to self-important paranoiacs who think the government is interested in their Candy Crush scores and Willy Wonka memes. And of course we know why there are so many people who believe the NSA is spying on them personally: because Greenwald and a clown car of other polemicists have sold this line of nonsense with a thousand hyperbolic headlines and Twitter blasts.
Hence we get products like the OFF Phone that blocks evil NSA surveillance, as well as something called “The Justice Cap.” Yes, it’s an actual hat however, no, it’s not made of tinfoil. The Justice Cap contains a series of LED lights on the brim which the manufacturer claims will white-out your face when it’s captured on a surveillance camera.
Check out the crazy in this video:
What could possibly go wrong? Or, to be more specific, who could possibly benefit from wearing a cap that stymies surveillance cameras? Clearly, all varieties of crooks, that’s who. But it’s small price to pay so far-left libertarian Alex-Jones-and-Glenn-Greenwald disciples can shield themselves from government spying.
Seriously, the Justice Cap and the OFF Phone products aren’t too terribly different from what Greenwald and Pierre Omidyar plan to manufacture at First Look Media. Namely, the way the company plans to turn a profit is to manufacture software that helps paranoiacs avoid surveillance. Interesting business model this. Scare people about government spying, then sell them software to protect themselves. Brilliant.