The world news on the BBC or CNN is so awful these days I've taken to RT.com lately to get a different perspective on world events: and this week the station has devoted hours to new US legislation that allows journalists to be imprisoned without trial if they report about terrorists' motives with anything approaching neutrality rather than condemnation.
This year's National Defense Authorization Act - or NDAA - is already the subject of a lawsuit by civil liberties activists like Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore and Chris Hedges, and is already 'silencing' some US journalists, it has been reported.
Scary stuff. But, hey, that's America right?
No sooner had I forgotten all about the NDAA, I saw a BBC report into new plans for GCHQ to be empowered to monitor all emails, website visits and text messages sent in the UK, for the vague purpose of 'the fight against crime and terrorism'.
Of course, the security services can ALREADY access all these things if they are looking: the main difference is that the new proposal is for a general poke about in everyone's business, all the time.
Spy chiefs and Government officials are being quick to deny any plans for a general data trawl: but their main argument looks to me to be about how impractical the idea is rather than any moral or human rights-based reasoning.
Well, what's impratical today is often common-place within a year or two, so their words are no consolation to me.
Of course we need to ensure the police and security services can keep us safe from those who would blow us up - but we need to get all this in perspective. Is giving up our privacy from the Government a price worth paying?
With the price of a stamp going up to 50p a pop, and a recent report showing that 98% of families with children living in Brighton council homes have on-line access, more and more of our most personal communications take place on-line.
Admittedly there's been more 'mainstream' resistance in the UK this weekend than US politicians have seen over the NDAA - but if it dies down we'll have yet another piece of draconian legislation limiting our internet freedom.
I'm reminded of the speech V makes in V for Vendetta, in which he lays some blame for the Orwellian dystopia in which he lives on a population that had willingly given up its human rights in the name of fear and security.
Here's a clip. I don't pretend to own the copyright. If anyone who does wishes me to take it down, just get in touch and I will. As I've said before, I've no wish to go to prison or have my life destroyed or anything for violating intellectual property laws.