When Steve Jobs launched the Apple Macintosh in 1984, this clip shows the hopes and aspirations that freedom of communication would bring to the world.
Oddly enough, just over 30 years down the track and the wheel has come full circle. The Mark of the Beast need no longer be inscribed on one’s forehead as the Beast himself has assumed the shape of Big Brother and resides in your best friend, your smartphone.
Edward Snowden’s revelations exposed the full extent of our exposure to being monitored in our private lives. The amount of information we willingly provide is a bonanza for any data miners that may well have more than a pecuniary interest.
The feel good, ‘I am me’ sentiment that social media platforms offer is also a fertile harvest of voluntary sharing of details.
Historically, letters have been steamed open, phone calls bugged, telegrams intercepted and transgressions recorded, either by video or audio.
Eavesdropping has always been there, like a lurking serpent coiled at the base of the lotus flower. A young Englishman was arrested upon his arrival in America for having tweeted his friend about how he would ‘blow up the town’ or something like that when all he meant was that he was going to tie one on with his mates.
This landscape of ears means we should be careful about what we say in any medium. Not that we can’t speak our mind. Just forget the facts.
Try not to disclose any information that is superfluous or unnecessary especially when it comes to specific information about yourself or anyone close to you.
Remember that everything you disclose on electronic media will be read by someone else. It’s hard to soar with the eagles when you have to fly with turkeys but any public domain is subject to the lowest common denominator and we need to keep our wits about us.
That ‘the price of freedom is eternal vigilance’ applies not just to anti-terrorism but also to our personal communications.
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