"No one's gonna vote for whoever that queer puts up."
--Aaryn Gries, 22
The "queer" this Texas college student is referring to is 26-year-old Andy Herren. They're both contestants on the 15th season of CBS' Big Brother.
If federal authorities want to see the data of an American citizen, they should be forced to come through the front door -- and only with a court order based on probable cause, as our Founders intended.
Scott McNealy, founder of Sun Microsystems, once said of individual privacies, "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." It seems timely to revisit McNealy's suggestion in the wake of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations.
The surveillance state may strive to know all and see all, but it cannot survive intense scrutiny of its own behavior, even when backed by an army of lawyers who are expert at stretching the law to its breaking point.
The easy question is, whether or not trading privacy for government (and corporate) transparency make society physically safer. The difficult and infinitely more important question is, can democracy still thrive without personal privacy and institutional secrecy?
But why? Are these readers hoping to find out if things today are really as bad as Orwell foretold? Do they want to know if it has a happy ending? Or are they already expecting the worst and simply want a roadmap for an orderly transition?
The world has become de-centralized. Your life is decentralized in ways you could not have imagined even 10 years ago. You carry the power of what was the world's most powerful computer 20 years ago in your pocket now.