"I know I'm paranoid, but am I paranoid enough?"
I was aware of government surveillance before the Snowden leaks. I was always considered a "crazy conspiracy theorist". I didn't have concrete proof, but strong evidence. Looking back, I find it was odd that I was really dismissive of the FBI Spy Planes  that I had occasionally heard about. They seemed inefficient and far-fetched and I considered those people to be crazy conspiracy theorists. Woops.
After the Snowden leaks, I stopped being so dismissive of conspiracy theorists. I don't necessarily take them very seriously or believe them - but I don't treat them like they are claiming leprechauns exist. Unless there's a more reasonable or scientific explanation available, such as with "chemtrails". I'm still readily dismissive of that theory... just normal contrails.