Have we actually entered a new era for power dynamics?
The State vs. Corporations vs. The People.
Usually, the people come a very poor third in that particular dynamic, but they are also the catalyst for change in balancing the powers of the other two.
For example, whilst we can only ever vote in politicians, we can play on their insecurities and power grubbing desires by threatening to oust them if they disobey us for too long.
As for corporations, we can withhold our money from buying their products if they piss us off too much.
Of course, it will come as no surprise to anyone reading El Reg. that this dynamic can only work if the people are:
1. Aware of what is happening
2. Not totally brainwashed already
3. Are prepared to forgo the usual promises/bribes by the politicians/companies
4. Are intelligent enough to know that the above 3 points even exist
So, in general, we're pretty screwed without people like Snowden to throw this murky world into relief for the great unwashed to actually notice.
Therefore, any attempt by The State or Corporations to limit the ability of The People to disseminate the dirty laundry of the aforementioned should be interpreted as a direct attack on our ability to act as a catalyst and have any control whatsoever over anything that is happening to us.
The logical extension of which is 'attempted slavery' by anyone attempting to suppress the ability of the public to communicate freely*.
*(irrespective of the 'cost' that these people tell us we will have to pay to have this freedom. They aren't actually saying "here is a choice - freedom or security - they are saying "you must sacrifice your freedom in order to be secure")