Laura Bennett flags a hilariously overacted Snowden biopic:
She considers the dramatic appeal of whistleblowers:
Some of these characters, while prickly, were redeemed by the moral straightforwardness of their crusade; others were clearly propelled by murkier intentions. Their onscreen treatment reflects the full spectrum of cultural attitudes toward whistleblowers: derision, suspicion, tentative admiration for the sheer commitment to a cause. … From Snowden’s earliest interview there were echoes of [“Enlightened” protagonist] Amy Jellicoe: half prophet, half loose cannon. There was something of Amy’s deluded narcissism in his ridiculous claim that he was going public with his identity so as not to make the story about himself, while the media cloud around him swirled. And like Amy he seemed partly driven by the numbness and the tedium of office life, his own sense of being a drone in the service of evil.
Meanwhile, Brad Plumer charts evidence that people are indeed far more interested in Snowden’s own saga than the programs he revealed:
Maybe that’s not too surprising. The Snowden story is, after all, genuinely fascinating — not least after he disappeared into the bowels of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport and was then thought to be hiding on the president of Bolivia’s plane (he wasn’t, in turned out). But a few weeks ago, some reporters were worried that the Snowden circus would distract from broader coverage of the NSA’s surveillance programs themselves. “Snowden’s flight and its surrounding geopolitics are a good story; what he made public is a better one,” wrote Ben Smith. And, at least for now, the flight seems to be crowding out everything else.