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  •  dunno . . . (4+ / 0-)

    Oldschool, smalltown people knew everything about everybody, except (maybe) for what went on behind closed doors.  Out of politeness they may have looked the other way when old uncle john was scratching his ass.

    Not that I'm happy about all this, but I think we'll just have to learn to be less obsessed with controlling our own images and accept being perceived as we actually are.  Younger friends of mine (millennials) seem very comfortable with people knowing things about them that would have embarrassed my grandparents to death.  

    It may be that all this surveillance is bringing us closer to a real global village.

    •  Perspective changes after naps ;) (2+ / 0-)
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      Onomastic, just another vet

      I noted this comment earlier this afternoon, but didn't pay it sufficient attention.

      I would not have thought to conflate control of self image with negative reactions to loss of privacy, but I think you are absolutely correct to point this out as a factor, and possibly a major one.

      Thank you.

      At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh.... (Yes, there's gender bias in my name; no, I wasn't thinking about it when I signed up. My apologies.)

      by serendipityisabitch on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 07:57:08 PM PDT

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    •  There is a form of "none of our business" (1+ / 0-)
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      just another vet

      which is part of privacy.  As in, we all know you scratched your butt, but that was none of our business, and we'll act like we didn't know.

      This form is perhaps the most socially valuable in fighting against rampant surveillance-state authoritarians.  One of the real dangers of the surveillance state is that the surveillance will be used for blackmail.

      If whatever is revealed is considered by most people to be "none of our business", the blackmail fails.

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