Spies are everywhere in pop culture (and real life.) We're fascinated with the glamour of espionage, as well as the gritty reality of spycraft. So this week, io9 and Gizmodo decided to celebrate Spy Week, an examination of all things dark and secret.
As io9's Cheryl Eddy points out in a piece running tomorrow, 2015 is the Year of the Spy — we have absolutely tons of movies and TV shows hitting this year, from James Bond to The Americans. This week, in fact, sees the release of the slick-as-hell spy thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service. We can't get enough of spies, double agents, secret missions, hidden documents and deadly encounters.
But at the same time, espionage is affecting your life more than it ever has, thanks to the ubiquitous surveillance of your personal information and computer use. As we've learned in the last four or five years, our spy agencies are increasingly peering into the lives of ordinary people, and gathering private data at an unprecedented rate. So our fascination with spies is, in part, an obsession with the machinery of the state that reaches deepest into our world. (Plus, on the positive side, real-life spies have the coolest technology and the weirdest stories, and we'll be telling you about those as well.)
So welcome to Spy Week. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to go with us on a wild journey into the secret heart of spy-dom.