DHH @dhh Creator of Ruby on Rails, Founder & CTO at Basecamp, NYT best-selling author, and Le Mans 24h class-winning racing driver. Aug. 24, 2018 1 min read

Nothing teaches kids the futility of privacy like having the main authority figures in their lives, parents, subject them to Orwellian surveillance of location and communication. What a great way to raise a pliant populace for the dystopia of tomorrow!

Installing malware on kid’s devices, subjecting them to random spot checks, and generally treating them as your captive subjects is sure to foster a warm, loving, and enduring relationship. Totally worth the tiny risk of serendipitously catching them in some terrible act!

As long as you simply wrap your abusive, controlling behavior in phrases like “I’m doing this for your own good” and “you will thank me when you’re older”, then everything is going to be A-OK and your kids will be grateful for your despotic interventions.


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