As a white girl growing up in the suburbs of DC, I was raised to think that authority was good. My parents. My teacher. The police. The U.S. government. They enforced the rules that kept things from unraveling. They worked in service of the greater good. Over time, experience has brought nuance and skepticism to that perspective. Similarly, as the internet and social media have grown, the public’s experience has matured and more questions have arisen. Who was right, Edward Snowden or the NSA? How different are the U.S. policies from China’s, really? Who are the good guys, anyway?

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