Maybe more polarized now. More generalized distrust of government in general. More antitechnology luddism lumping tech progress with fears of government surveillance.
Were you really hiding your head in the sand regarding big government? Government surveillance is nothing new to America. As a government grows in size, scope and power, it needs to know what is happening and who is thinking what... just to survive.
This was one of the great fears of out founding fathers. It is why they created a central government with limited powers and restrictions. We have allowed those powers to grow and those restrictions to diminish. Its time to re-establish a truly Constitutional government.