We Will Be Watched All The Time

It is almost official, but not just yet. Around the clock, 24/7 surveillance will be our destiny. Where past societies failed, America, the land of the free will succeed. Others have talked about the slippery slope going as far back as the 1950s. It may also be useful to take note of the more recent history of surveillance. They who put more effort into a thing achieves it and more effort has gone into surveillance than freedom. Freedom of a certain kind was taken for granted and soon … it may be taken away.

Will it be so bad for more people to live in a real life version of The Truman Show? You will still be able to get up in the morning, drive somewhere, do some work, come home and watch TV. All that is being asked is you allow someone to observe how you go about your daily life everyday of your life. Maybe that is not so bad after all. You get more security and freedom from harm. Maybe the great designs laid out and encoded in popular fiction will play out to good effect for everybody. I cannot really say.

There is great comfort in privacy. Even in nature, processes may be more optimized outside the reach of observation. I and many others from current and past generations did not grow up with universal surveillance. More ordinarily, life experience shows that sometimes private information given in trust can undermine you later. Perhaps new generations of people will live without that experience and find constant observation as normal.

Let’s just hope those entrusted with this great power avoid those decisions that would lead to the modern reincarnation of the Gestapo.

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