"Are any professional highly paid IT pundits here suggesting that we shouldn't have been informed of the extent of surveillance?"
Just to throw something "out there"...
We got a glimpse of the extent of surveillance both from WikiLeaks and Snowden. We have seen stories about FISA and we all know about warrant canaries and we even know some of the stuff our government and security services have been doing for others...
It seems to me that this shit just keeps on happening, and rather than curtail the unwarranted surveillance, any and every excuse just leads to asking for more yet more (from encryption back doors to police with portable fingerprint scanners - all recent stories here on ElReg), while the general populace is being conditioned to blather loads of irrelevant shit about themselves to as many people as possible.
So, in short, what the hell did it matter the knowing of what is going on? It's not changing. It won't change. It's business as usual. So ultimately whether or not "we" know doesn't really change much. A few extra people might use VPN or TOR, but the majority don't care. They value convenience over security and will be easily led with trite statements such as "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear".
We know. They know we know. We know they know we know. And it's business as usual.
Where's the fucking grumpy cat icon?