Justin Bieber and Edward Snowden Share Similarities

Justin Bieber

Edward Snowden and Justin Bieber share a number of similarities: they are both famous, polarizing and on the TSA’s radar as potentially troublesome globetrotters.  Whether through pro-active efforts to make themselves heard, or because they are influential household names playing a role in shaping the future of society, they both exist ubiquitously across news media.  Articles that feature either of their names regularly rank as the most read, most shared, and most commented across all categories.

This week Bieber is in the news because of a murkily detailed confrontation with Orland Bloom, during which Bloom might have punched Bieber in the face.  Snowden, on the other hand, is in the news because of a recently released report that claims to have incontrovertible evidence that his whistleblowing has directly impacted Al-Qaeda’s methods of encrypting data.

Whether or not Bieber was punched, how hard he was punched, or who started the confrontation that led to the punching is less interesting than the immediately viral growth of this pseudo-story.  While “Beliebers” – defined by the Urban Dictionary as huge Justin Bieber fans – almost universally take the side of their eponymous namesake, the majority of global citizens that view Bieber as something other than the second coming of Christ have sided with Bloom.  Herein lies the interest.

What has caused this story to go viral is in large part related to the inherent quality of any story that forces readers to choose sides.  Choosing sides naturally builds an emotional connection between the reader and the story.  Now the reader has a team.  Now the reader has a vested interest.  Now the reader wants to follow future developments and ensure victory for their patron.  This same dynamic is core to yet another similarity between Bieber and Snowden.  They are both magnets for emotionally driven team-picking.

What Snowden did was unquestionably illegal.  Many people argue that the more pertinent question, however, is: was it immoral?  Al Gore opined on the issue during an interview with Pando Daily’s Sarah Lacy during the Southland Tech Conference in Nashville.  After first noting that it was overly simplistic to look at the data leak in black and white terms, Gore took off the paranoid political hat donned during his campaign for the presidency and offered a beautifully apolitical opinion.  The constitutional breaches so pervasive throughout the U.S. Government’s “snooping activities” were an incomparably larger issue than whether or not Edward Snowden effectively exhausted all legal channels within the CIA’s organizational structure to report what he felt were illegal activities.

Snowden, like Bieber, forces people to choose a side.  Some argue that breaking the law is universally “bad,” therefore, Snowden is a guilty traitor.  Others argue that laws themselves can be innately immoral, and reference examples of extremist Sharia laws that result in women being stoned or raped if they marry for love rather than acquiesce to their parent’s arranged marriages.  What is not arguable, however, is the strong evolution-driven pull to form an opinion on what should happen to Snowden.  This emotional investment, this forced team-picking, is one of the primary factors that drives virality across any news piece talking about Snowden.  It seems then, that Edward Snowden and Justin Bieber do share a collage of similarities.

Opinion by Benjamin A. Buchanan


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2 Responses to "Justin Bieber and Edward Snowden Share Similarities"

  1. Emmanuel Love   March 8, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Hey, how’s it going?

    Did you hear that the powers that run this world want to put a RFID microchip in our body? It will contain not only our bank accounts but our personal information, making us total slaves to the elite. This will cause us to lose even more of our privacy.

    Did you know that this RFID microchip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically Revelation 13:16-18?

    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name…”

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. It’s amazing that the Bible foretold a cashless society!

    Did you also hear that the Jewish people are in the process of bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible by the prophet Daniel, Jesus, and Apostle Paul? They deny Jesus as their Messiah and say their Messiah will be revealed to rule the whole world under a one world religion. They are not even hiding this information, but are actually promoting it. You can view videos about this on YouTube.

    When Donald Trump made Jerusalem captial of Israel in late December 2017, the Jewish people said this was a big step for them to build this Third Temple. They even printed a Temple coin with president Trump’s face on the front with king Cyrus'(the man who built the Second Temple in the Bible) face behind him. On the back of the coin is an image of the Third Temple. They are selling these coins to raise money to build the Temple.

    People have been saying for many years that the end is near, but we needed not only the Third Temple, but also the technology for there to be a cashless society for the Mark of the Beast to be a reality.

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  2. Anon   August 9, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Yup, this is them stupidest article I have ever read


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