Ubiquitous Dick

Phil Dick, if he were still with us, would be pleased he’s become so well known that a reporter can use his name in a paranoid Yahoo! News story without any need to explain the reference:

As the NSA surveillance story goes from bad to worse to Philip K. Dick, some of the Silicon Valley companies implicated in the so-called “PRISM” program are denying that they’ve ever heard of it.

PRISM, as you probably heard by now, lets the FBI access the central servers of several major companies — Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, Google, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, and YouTube. From there, they can pretty much look at anything they want, including emails, photos, audio (including voice-chats), and video. Within hours of the astonishing Washington Post scoop, the named companies began releasing statements saying that the PRISM program was news to them, too

[Thanks to David Klaus for the story.]

3 thoughts on “Ubiquitous Dick

  1. I would suspect that participation in the PRISM program, whether voluntary or involuntary, includes a requirement to disavow all knowledge of the program.

  2. I’ve always had a strong suspicion that “Philip K. Fish,” the aged detective in “Barny Miller,” was some sort of in-joke by one of the show’s writers on Philip K. Dick.

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