Big Brother? Getting Closer!

I have read George Orwell’s “1984”.  While I shook my head at a lot of it, I can relate it to now.  We are in an age in which technology, wonderful as it is, can and is used against us in so many ways.

Computers are wonderful machines which can help doctors diagnose illness, help people look up nearly anything, and can connect me to all of you reading this blog.  Just realize for a moment that these words do not really exist except by very tiny dots all lining up proper through complex wiring after traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles through air and over cables.

This same computer can also catalog bombs and how they are made and help sort through populations and movements in order to help a terrorist figure out the best place to set a charge and do the most damage.

And, these are supposed to be the cheap ones!

Our phones, once home bound, now travel in our pockets and allow us to not only talk to the world, but to also take and send photographs that do not exist any more than the words on this blog which can be read on them too.

Now, that same technology can have another purpose, good or not, depending on how it is used.  Here is the technology and the good use of it.

As you can see, Argos will be a great help in allowing our police force and FBI to track criminals and follow them without their knowledge.  It will also help to look at distant crime scenes or possible ones and view enough detail to,  possibly,  pick out individuals who might have or will commit(ted) these crimes.

My hope is that this will be what it will be used for.  However, when something is created for great good, it can also be used for great evil.  How far behind is the idea of tracking US citizens merely to keep track of them?  How far behind can be the thought that using this type of “watching”  would be good if some tracking were kept of everyone within the US borders?  Now, combine that with the possibilities contained in my earlier post, “Game of Drones” – and see what your mind can come up with.

Do you see this as a necessary evil for us to consider in order to out step criminals and terrorists?

Do you see it as something to not worry about at all?

What are your thoughts?



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  • theamberlight  On April 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I feel like our children and theirs will have no issue at all with the fact that the details of their lives are tracked and used to market and control them. Presented int he pretext of “keeping you safe” they will have no issue sat all with that type of structure and control. Having known nothing different it will seem normal and “the right way”. I do not worry b/c I know if there is a satellite capable of seeing me from space, I could not hide anywhere, so why try or concern myself with it. It is sad to live in a time “between” when you can remember how things used to be, how much more free we were, how safe we felt. How we we so much more free to go and be who we could dream of being. But the world changes, the Universe shifts and we become something different. The challenge for those of us who accumulate many years on Earth is to embrace now while fondly remembering the other times.
    Great post!


    • kindredspirit23  On April 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      I will agree with what you said, but I must say that it is our duty having known both ways to try and help our children through this time of troubles. We got them here; we must be the ones who say, “Wait! It did not used to be this way and shouldn’t be to this degree!”
      Just me after watching “Minority Report” and other such movies.


      • theamberlight  On April 28, 2013 at 10:05 pm

        I agree…we have the responsibility of keeping the past alive through telling, reminding and recounting. And I am glad to do it. I find it amazing how much has changed in so little time ,on this Earth!


  • bert0001  On April 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I think that it looks a lot more like brave new world


    • kindredspirit23  On April 26, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Does, doesn’t it?


      • bert0001  On April 26, 2013 at 4:31 pm

        … really does 🙂 it’s scary, but it’s the media and consumerism making it this way … one wonders what the governments are doing in this equation. Will they sell their data like google?


  • Becki Duckworth  On April 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    It’s very scary, the other day when I was checking out at our grocery store (Albertson’s) with one of those rewards cards I have had for over 15 years that are supposed to give me points , coupons, gifts… that I have never received any of.. I was wondering if this is a way of tracking us by the government. I also have the Safeway and Fred Meyer’s reward cards and never received anything from those..


    • kindredspirit23  On April 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      There is a lot of ways to use info from those shopping cards. I use them to. But, there was even a lawyer who tried to defend a grocery store from someone suing who fell, by talking to him about his 3-4 bottles of wine he purchased each month according to the card info!


  • Larry  On April 24, 2013 at 12:24 am

    I get disgusted when I hear talking heads lamely say “it’s here to stay, get used to it”. Have these talking heads not heard the saying that “absolute power corrupts absolutely”? I think this much technological power is a bad thing, not because the technology in itself is bad, but because it is too easy to abuse. It takes ethical people to use it without corruption and I think we humans are generally ethically challenged. JMHO.


    • kindredspirit23  On April 24, 2013 at 2:13 am

      I would agree with the vast majority of that statement.


      • Larry  On April 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm

        What parts don’t you agree with?


        • kindredspirit23  On April 24, 2013 at 3:56 pm

          Rereading it, I am not sure that there is any specific part. The term “generally ethically challenged” is merely a term that can be taken a lot of ways and, if I am seeing it used as meaning -those in charge-, I really can’t disagree much with that. I always try to have hope in my heart and soul that some of those in charge are trying, really trying, to do what is best for us. Just make sure you read that as “some”.


  • Soma Mukherjee  On April 24, 2013 at 12:21 am

    it is a scary present Scott. Howmany a times govt. uses these techs and latest gadgets to keep tab on powerful people .how safe are we, are we really free?


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