At what point have we lost control?
As human beings, we mutually feel that we need to remain in control of our lives and our individualism, but I have to ask:
Lost control of what? Privacy, Intellectual Property, Individual Rights, the right of free speech?
Whos to say? Maybe we loose a bit of it all in technological advanced times like these. Consider, at what point do we give up one of the above mentioned perceived values to compromise for some new technology? If we give it up for a new technology or service, does it mean we’ve lost control?
Perhaps we’ve just lent control over to a new service provider. For example, when phones began to become wide spread and directories were made, people were concerned about having their names publicly available. Or maybe we’ve given control in order to protect ourselves? In 2001 after the September 11th attacks on the US, the senate voted almost unanimously in favor of an act known as the “Patriot Act” which stripped Americans of many liberties. At the time, it was seen as a great idea, as reflected in the vote, however, many did not see what was given up in exchange for perceived protection of our homeland.
By understanding the differences between these two examples, we can help identify and classify the loss of control. Culturally we may be fine with, and accept that a loss of personal privacy or another perceived right, however, sometimes we loose these rights in a way that is not acceptable to us. Just something to consider.
It’s the loss of rights that are not acceptable to us that BigBrotherisWatching.Us is concerned about, and its those topics which we will be writing about in the future.