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4 thoughts on ““A Person Under Surveillance is No Longer Free”: Why We Care About Obama’s Speech Today

  1. United States citizens, as well as tens of thousands around the world, have opened themselves up to surveillance simply by becoming members of social media. If a person lays her life bare to the internet universe on Facebook, why would she then believe that her government should know nothing about her?

    I do not condone US surveillance on private citizens, but I perceive extreme dichotomy with individuals claiming they want privacy, yet simultaneously displaying their lives on any available media. Those who choose to be a part of internet communication must realize that they have chosen boundary compromised personal information over privacy. One cannot have both worlds.

    • I wholeheartedly agree! We live in a society largely populated with people under the erroneous assumption that their lives are so important and of such fascination to everyone that they feel compelled to take photos of scones or comment that they are at the dry cleaners… Really? For some reason the vast majority of people don't seem to grasp the concept that if you put something online, it isn't just seen by people you know, it can be seen by just about everybody and once it is online, it is forever! People also don't understand the safety aspect of updating the world with your current location, especially kids… Pedophiles love it! You can't have it both ways, either you open your life up to everyone or you don't but you can't complain when people (or governments) see what you have put online of your own free will…

  2. I couldn't agree more. I'm amazed at what people are willing to post on FB, Twitter, and so on-and these same people shake their fists and prattle on and on like rabid spider monkeys about their right to privacy.
    I tend to be quite benign with my public posts, but I would suppose that that makes me more suspicious in the minds of the government watchers.