Writing at Taki’s Magazine, Dalrymple says he takes comfort in the fact that spam advertisers have thus far been completely unable to target his email account with ads for products he might actually buy. Thankfully, electronic surveillance has not yet advanced that far. I am loathe to quote the concluding lines of any of his pieces, but these are good ones:
Thank goodness there is a law of unintended consequences to protect us from the ennui of omniscience! How intolerably dull life would be if everything could be calculated precisely in advance, if no one had anything to hide, if life could be, or were, lived entirely in the open, if there were no hypocrisy or dissimulation. But such a life there will never be.