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The NSA Scandal Has Inspired Some Very Creative Works Of Art

Americans outraged by the NSA's PRISM scandal are expressing themselves through art.

  • <p>Reddit user <a href="http://imgur.com/9Tbf7xI" target="_blank">mizzykid</a> asks, "Am I doing it right?" Good question.</p>
  • <p>Reddit user <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/Ozarka110" target="_blank">Ozarka110</a> said, "With all the spying that the United States government has been accused of doing in the past 6 months to a year, I feel like this picture sums it up pretty well."</p>
  • <p>PRISM graffiti <a href="http://imgur.com/fWwZGM8" target="_blank">spotted</a> in Brighton, U.K.</p>
  • <p>A still of the USA logo, redesigned by <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1i2qp1/i_vectorized_usexualweasels_nsa_logo/" target="_blank">Reddit</a>.</p>
  • <p>Reddit user <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1i5amm/nsa_poster_i_recently_drew/" target="_blank">cuntopotamusrex</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://lindseybackdraws.deviantart.com/art/Uncle-Sam-is-Watching-382404239" target="_blank">DeviantArt user LindseyBackDraws</a> calls this piece "Uncle Sam Is Watching," and says it was "painted in light of the NSA scandal; I think it's pretty self-explanatory."</p>
  • <p><a href="http://marcoltht.tumblr.com/post/53354173392/we-are-being-watched-25-8-no-country-boundaries" target="_blank">A new take</a> on Obama's campaign slogan.</p>
  • <p>Reddit user <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1htz8w/my_best_friend_and_i_own_and_operate_a_small/" target="_blank">Unratedlolz</a> owns and operates a small clothing company with his best friend. Appalled by the NSA scandal, this is their newest design.</p>
  • 01 /09

    Reddit user mizzykid asks, "Am I doing it right?" Good question.

  • 02 /09

    Reddit user Ozarka110 said, "With all the spying that the United States government has been accused of doing in the past 6 months to a year, I feel like this picture sums it up pretty well."

  • 03 /09

    PRISM graffiti spotted in Brighton, U.K.

  • 04 /09

    An NSA spin on Pixar's iconic animation. Concept art by Reddit User SexualWeasel, animation idea breakdown by Reddit user Greyhaven7, storyboard by Reddit user joystick354.

  • 05 /09

    A still of the USA logo, redesigned by Reddit.

  • 06 /09

    Reddit user cuntopotamusrex

  • 07 /09

    DeviantArt user LindseyBackDraws calls this piece "Uncle Sam Is Watching," and says it was "painted in light of the NSA scandal; I think it's pretty self-explanatory."

  • 08 /09

    A new take on Obama's campaign slogan.

  • 09 /09

    Reddit user Unratedlolz owns and operates a small clothing company with his best friend. Appalled by the NSA scandal, this is their newest design.

Since the news broke that the U.S. government has been monitoring Internet and telephone communications, the web—particularly Reddit—has been a hotspot for outraged observers.

Visit Reddit's Technology page on any given day recently, and you'll have seen a long list of discussions about the PRISM scandal and NSA leaker Edward Snowden. You're also likely to find user-submitted artworks inspired by the NSA scandal, all of which frame the controversy in new ways, encouraging critical thinking, and demonstrate a lingering distrust of the government.

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Reddit user mizzykid. ; 02 / Reddit user Ozarka110; 03 / Reddit user ImpairedOwl; 04 / Reddit User SexualWeasel; 05 / Reddit User SexualWeasel; 06 / Reddit; 07 / DeviantArt user LindseyBackDraws; 08 / http://marcoltht.tumblr.com/; 09 / Reddit user Unratedlolz;