Tortured metaphors, metadata and mass surveillance.
Metadata used to be such an innocuous, mundane, technical term.
Until Big Government got hold of it.
And appropriated it for its own Orwellian purposes.
In technical circles, metadata is an abstract term. It means nothing in itself. What the word “metadata” refers to is entirely dependent on context.
If you’re talking about databases, metadata might information about the structure of the database — how the data is stored.
But you’re talking about photo files, it might be things …