It's already happening (self-censorship). I practice it when I talk on the phone surf the internet, click links, post tweets, or talk about my political beliefs on facebook. And I am from the boomer generation when we weren't as connected as we are now but we were still wary of the military and the civilian police. I protested the Viet Nam war with my friends from UT-Austin and was terrified that I would be arrested. That was my initial introduction into civics 101 for the 1960s. My dad had a "top secret" clearance and warned me about making my opinions too visible. That was a very scary time. Nothing has really changed except that we can be arrested for being on the wrong website or saying the "NSA targeted" word that will get our phone conversation flagged. Yes, Virginia, we are "living" 1984.
ANONYMOUS COMMENTS WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED. And neither will racist,homophobic, or misogynistic comments. I do not mind if you disagree, but make your case in a decent manner.