In my house, we’re re-watching The West Wing, after I bought the box set cheap last year as a present to myself.
It’s just as brilliant as it ever was, and once again leaves you wishing that Barlet actually ran the White House… or if he wasn’t in the White House, then maybe in The Lodge.
The show is full of snappy dialogue, but this bit from season 1, episode 9 struck me as particularly prescient, given the debate both in Australia and abroad around privacy, and specifically issues such as data retention.
In the scene, which comes during selection of a Supreme Court Nominee, Sam Seaborn notes the important issues of the past decades, but then says in the years we’re living right now what will be important will be privacy and data, especially online.
That Sam Seaborn (and more specifically, the writers headed up by Aaron Sorkin) are smart cookies.
I’m loving watching it again.