Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, PainCare, New Hampshire agrees that it is somewhat unsettling that the NSA and CIA have access to so much, perhaps most, of our internet and telephonic activities. All in the name of fighting terrorism, and perhaps crime, in general. It is also unsettling that on practically every city street corner, there is camera surveillance. Again, in the name of public protection.
Many ideologues, such as Slavoj Zizek believe that such Big Brother activities are not simply invasive, but nefarious. Interesting that Zizek, a well-known castigator of ideologues, should himself delve into fanciful speculation of the use of information for fomenting evil. A perfect definition of an ideologue HE is. In his recent documentary, “The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology,” he presents a couple instances in which citizens in this country were arrested and detained for something they had written in an email or text. This activity certainly gives one pause, but is that reason to believe there are widespread incarcerations of totally innocent people? Where’s the evidence of that, aside from his several examples, all of whom were released after questioning?
Regardless of whether history will prove this huge information harvest to be an overall public benefit, an evil trap, or just a general but tolerable nuisance, it should send a wakeup call to all users of social media. As an employer of over 200 people, I am amazed at the comments made available on Facebook by many of them. Maybe it’s time to think before posting.