I doubt that we’re on the cusp of a great schism between the surveilled and those that forsake the convenience of networked technologies in the pursuit of freedom. I do, however, agree with Richard Stallman that we need to define ” the maximum tolerable level of surveillance, beyond which a government becomes oppressive.”
I can think of no greater exemplar of post-national literature than Teju Cole’s first novel, Open City. It is European in structure and theory, American in its candor, and Nigerian in its attention to detail. But it transcends all of these national labels.