California residents can opt out of "sales" of personal data. Marija Stojkovic/Shutterstock The FBI agent watching me through my laptop: "Really, another night of eating chicken nuggets and rewatching Vine compilations? which progressed to denial from the head of National Intelligence, James Clapper (seriously, that’s illegal, we are not spying on citizens) to a dull sort of acceptance (even if we were doing that, it’s for your own good). He may be scrolling through our newsfeeds or watching us through our webcams, but because we are aware of his presence, he’s not exactly. us. meme references a government employee, often an FBI agent, who watches our lives unfold like a reality TV show. I ain’t even mad, he’s the realest. im sorry. But we can reimagine privacy as something we don’t want or don’t need; an outdated mode of thinking more than a self-determined asset. But we can reimagine privacy as something we don’t want or don’t need; an outdated mode of thinking more than a self-determined asset. It’s an exercise in mental gymnastics because there is nothing warm or miscalculated in the truth. We do not have any age-restriction in place but do keep in mind this is targeted for users between the ages of 13 to 19. I wonder what the FBI agent watching me thru my laptop camera thinks about me whenever I cry over a TV show. 01:55 AM - 29 Jan 2018. Another popular tweet, from December 2017, uses a clip of Britney Spears to imagine what government agents see in a webcam (if you have it uncovered): https://twitter.com/im0daniei/status/940697051171397632. 2 years ago. Press J to jump to the feed. In the context of the meme, the agent judges us—or cheers us on—while we take selfies and text crushes. To acclimate to the realities of data collection, we have relegated those that do the collection to the role of helpful, humorous onlooker; every one of our lives a potential, Viewed through the quiet, unfiltered lenses of our devices, we hope that we come across as pitiable. He's weird… https://t.co/WQiZ0EuIyf, Me: *scrolling through my ex's Instagram and feeling sorry for myself* Pervert Pete. Parents, teachers, and the like are welcomed to participate and ask any questions! The fbi agent in my webcam: No I totally see what you mean. Well, nothing good ever happens for me, so I definitely have Pete. Some memes are simply created to make us laugh, but this one represents discomfort in the zeitgeist. Reporting on what you care about. I was about to accept a friend request from my high school bully and my tab closed... Gerald, the fbi agent spying on me, is looking out. Her work has appeared in Racked, PASTE, and Brit + Co. Why is Hollywood so obsessed with bad celebrity biopics? That fucking "of" when they meant to write "if" got me stuck for a full two minutes trying to tell what the fuck it was saying. In 2013, Edward Snowden “leaked” parts of an information cache he’d obtained from his job as a contracted government surveillance employee. ‘Behind the Seams’: Why Keira Knightley is the queen of costume drama, Harry Styles visited a fan’s house when his car broke down—and fed the fish, Girl Scouts slammed for congratulating Amy Coney Barrett in now-deleted tweet, Is a government agent watching what you do on your internet-connected devices? I was on the verge of melting down after rereading it for 5 minutes. Not only law enforcement, but any hacker with the knowledge to hack your system. But in the meme, the FBI agent (or NSA, or CIA, or simply “government employee,” depending on which iteration of the meme you encounter) isn’t a creepy voyeur. The meme appeared last year, and people are still actively using it in 2018. The FBI Agent Watching Me meme could provide an opportunity to talk about technocracy, ethics, and what we owe to each other. It’s a fear that has led Americans to take several precautions, like covering up a laptop’s webcam and using encrypted chat apps like Signal. Me: right? Instead, the agent is a kind, parental-type figure. The reasons a government operative would be mining the data off of our smartphones may be dark and foreboding, indicative of an all-knowing dystopian surveillance state that we are already living inside. Something for everyone interested in hair, makeup, style, and body positivity. The FBI Agent Watching Me meme references a government employee, often an FBI agent, who watches our lives unfold like a reality TV show. He may be scrolling through our newsfeeds or watching us through our webcams, but because we are aware of his presence, he’s not exactly uninvited. My FBI agent watching me stream the SZA album twice daily for the past 9 months. There’s also a vain satisfaction in imagining ourselves being watched for entertainment. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. How to Spot a Fake FBI Agent. Our subreddit is primarily for discussions and memes that an average teenager would enjoy to discuss about. It’s a fear that has led Americans to take several precautions, like covering up a laptop’s webcam and using encrypted chat apps like. It’s comforting to imagine that perhaps Big Brother isn’t just watching us, but watching out. In the context of the meme, the agent judges us—or cheers us on—while we take selfies and text crushes. Instead, the agent is a kind, parental-type figure. Kathryn Watson is a culture writer living in New York City. ngl pervert Pete sounds like mine and i need the affection anyway, I think I’m a Wholesome Harry guy cuz weird shit always happens like my light getting turned off when I forgot, Looks away from the monitor when you're having sex. Or we can just keep throwing our cute selfies up on Twitter and joke about the personally-assigned government agent who we think is watching us. Although fear of government surveillance isn’t new—see Nineteen Eighty-Four—the FBI Agent Watching Me meme is rooted in one of the biggest news stories of the last decade.