All that Peter and I have in common are
a) a son (but my son is still alive, thank god)
b) experience in the advertisement industry
(I used to freelance as a copy writer for several advertisement agencies -- I specialised in corporate image/corporate design, and B2B communications *yawn*)
The MOS story had been brooding somewhere in the back of my mind for a longer time. I have always been interested in the topic of surveillance and its impact on indivdual lives and society as a whole.
Maybe the current paranoid Zeitgeist has to do with it too. It's difficult to nail it down.
(Note that I used the german word Zeitgeist
I hope it has the same semantics in English as in German...)