Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Now I’m Suspicious
According to this article in Forbes I’m not a suspicious person because I don’t use Facebook or other social media. I must have something to hide, right?
There’s a couple of things about that attitude that really disturbs me. The first one is that if someone wants privacy, he must be doing something wrong. We’ve become such a surveillance state that holding anything private is a questionable activity.
Just as disturbing to me is the assumption that a person has to do what most other people are doing. Conformity has an ugly history. Nazis were big on conformity. Conformity = normal = good. Nonconformity wasn’t consider just bad but a threat that had to be stomped out. Nazis stomped very well.
I don’t have a problem with other people using Facebook. It’s how a lot of people communicate and stay in touch. However, as for me, I just don’t feel the need. AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. Sorry to shout.
Being a private detective must be the easiest job in the world now. Just get connected a suspect on Facebook and learn everything you need to know.
Yep, must have something to hide. Suspicious. On the other hand, if you film cops they get all upset. They expect to be hidden from public view. It’s like they have a secret. Secret Police. Now where have I heard that term before?
Governments and government agents are getting more and more secret all the time, just when citizen privacy has come under suspicion. Shouldn’t we be a lot more suspicious about what government is doing?
It’s been argued that “Black Budgets” and secret operations are needed. How else could we fight secret wars around the planet? In my book, that’s a good solid argument for open government. A republic or a democracy needs its citizens to be informed. Too bad for government types that it limits their actions.
I keep getting this mental image of a light going on in a dark room and cockroaches scattering.
Since not being on Facebook is suspicious, perhaps all government operations need to be up there for everyone to see. While we are at we should put the inner workings of Facebook on Facebook.