Not sure where to post a dream episode but I figure "stories" is as good a place as any.
Being a dream it isn't supposed to make sense in the traditional meaning of the word. But looking at it symbolically maybe it's a snapshot of a lot of things on my mind lately.
In this dream I was on a college campus. I was a student and part-time employee of the college in their computer network department. There was some kind of conflict going on between the students and the school's administration... the students were using their networking and connectedness to expose the injustices done by the college, bring pressure on them to change, and using it to organize and coordinate events. The school realized this and was taking steps to limit that ability by building restrictions and bots into the school's network. I was on part of the team that was going to be performing that work and we were all issued plans on how it was to be done. The student-facing interface was to be the same, but a whole new back-end was being built that contained filters and censors on content, and monitored certain patterns of communication so it could be thwarted or "managed".
I was very concerned about this and immediately brought Edward Snowden into the loop (he was there on campus, not sure in what capacity, but definitely on the side of the students) and showed him the diagram with the new infrastructure. While we looked at it my big question for him was whether to put my foot down and refuse to participate in building such a monstrosity, or pretend to go-along in order to build in a back door and to be an insider (a "mole") so I would continue to get a head's up on new efforts in the works, so the students could take steps to circumvent any new limits/restrictions.
There was this girl who was a student... for some reason, the school wanted to nab her... they had some of the students on their side and there was a coordinated plan for them to grab her after one of her classes... but they weren't sure which one, so they were planning to cover ALL of her classes to be sure of getting her. Well, one of them leaked the plan to us and we were trying to find a place to hide her out. I went into the network operations center, where you could locate any student anywhere on campus, while Ed took her all over the camps... under bleachers, behind buildings, into basements, even in the bushes out near the edge of the campus. It was no good... everywhere they went, I could track them, there was no escaping "the Eye of Sauron". I went out and joined them in their last hiding place and broke the bad news... there was no hiding to be had.
On our way back to the school we were on a graveled jogging path, so we pretended to be coming back from a run. For some bizarre reason I was in bare feet, and the pea-gravel hurt my feet but it didn't keep me from jogging. As we rounded the last corner of the path to come back toward the main campus there was a 30 foot flagpole in front of the school, and the most tattered oversize American flag I had ever seen was flapping languidly in the gentle breeze. It was basically in shreds. I remember thinking we must have had some unbelievable winds to tear it up that badly... but looking back, seeing as how all the leaves were still on the trees, it's another symbolic presence in the dream no doubt.
I recall meeting an old woman... she was a resident at an assisted-care, memory-care facility, but had permission to go out to a little cafe and get a sweet roll. She was trying to get back to her home with her sweet roll on a little plate with a fork. Somehow I knew in the dream that this old woman was a former 60's radical... I remember flashing on the Soviet flag... and she was a die-hard marxist... but she didn't behave unpleasantly. Even knowing this about her, I still went to help her as she was walking unsteadily and had dropped her fork in the dirt. I made some pleasant small talk as I escorted her back to her facility, got her settled in, and brought her a clean fork.
That's it. That's all I remember anyway.
If anyone wants to chime in with "meaning" for the sake of amusement by all means, have at it. I have a few thoughts of my own but will wait until others have had a say.