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Is Privacy a Thing of the Past?

Updated on December 20, 2011

This Generation

We have more video cameras focused on us now, than ever before in the history of our nation. When we talk about having privacy, I believe the word does not even mean the same thing to people now as it did in our past.

I feel bad for our young people, for they do not even know what privacy is for they have never really had it. Surveillance cameras, security cameras, and cell phone carried around by everyone in the world with the ability to snap pictures where ever they end up has put an end to any sort of privacy we may still be able to come up with.

As a matter of fact, if you ask some of our younger citizens, they will probably tell you that they equate those security tapes that are in most parking lots and on every single street in most cities, with the feeling of being safe.

This is yet one more example of the people giving up another one of their rights. We might have some degree of privacy in our homes, but if you are out in public, you can be sure that you will not only be seen, but your every action and behavior can and might very well be followed by whoever is inclined to do so.

It is up for debate as to whether it is a good thing or not to have these cameras in every single public place, and in every single business, and every single street no matter where you go. It is true that this does in some way, make it easier for law enforcement to prove whether or not you have done something or have not, as the case may be. Any crime that is committed can be watched at a later time, and every detail of it can be seen and it can then be determined what happened.

There are cameras that can be accessed in live time by people on computers, and anyone can literally watch someone no matter where they go and what they are doing. Is this what we want for our society, and is this how we want our kids and their kids to have to live?

Because we are so used to having the eyes of the world upon us all the time, we have grown accustomed to it, This is one way we have lost and do not even care that we have lost our right to do things without being watched. I dare say that our forefathers would have had something to say about how things are now if they had this happen to them. If somehow, we could go back and experimentally do to our last two generations, what we have done to us today, I do not think it would have gone over very well.

As a matter of fact, we as a people are so used to just having one right after the next ripped away, that it has become a matter of fact, boring and yawn kind of mentality when we even talk about what is happening to us. It is not as though we can do anything about it, and that is the answer most give, as they just give up.

One person said to me as we discussed this issue, "If I felt as though I wasn't going to be lied to in regards to anything that is important, maybe I would protest and actually do something to change it."

As it is, the media, our leaders, and our government lies and covers up so many issues and actualities, that the average citizen no longer has a clue as to what it real and what is just a line we have been handed, in the name of security, or misinformation, that we are told is handed out for us to believe, for our own good, or as a matter of national security. If lying to us is keeping us safe, and watching us in public, listening to us as we talk to our friends and families on the phone is all done for our own good, to me it just does not feel right.

I think that this theory has gone way too far, as has doing things for our own good. Do we really want a government to have so much power over us that we no longer can determine reality in our own world? Are we so weak and unable to take care of our own selves that we need our government and leaders to tell us things for our own good?

It has gotten so far out of hand, that we do not even complain when we are searched and do nothing only because we have grown so accustomed to this kind of thing, that it is commonplace and we just do nothing for nothing is for sure. Even when we have the evidence right before our faces, we still have the shrug and yawn attitude, I have never seen or read about a worse state of complacency as we have in this country right now.

I only can hope, and will pray that this does not come around and bite us in the behind, and if it does, will we do something about it then?

How do you feel about this issue?

What do you think about our privacy and the number of cameras we have taping our every move in public?

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    Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

    In one way yes, we live our lives more openly on our worldwide web...but it is up to you how much you are willing to disclose, people tend to pour their private information constantly and regularly and then they moan about protecting their privacy...FB reminds me of the gossiping of neighbours who met in front of their houses in my childhood...they shared their troubles and their exitements every day and then the news spread further and further with added made-up information to make the news more interesting:)

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    ddsurfsca 6 years ago from ventura., california

    That is a perfect example. As far as that goes, I have always been very guarded about what information and pictures I give over the internet. I have always felt that it is way too easy for someone to get all the information one might need to harm them. Especially the children. When mine were young, I never posted pictures of them, gave their adress, school name, or any other such information.

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    Lisa 6 years ago from WA

    I think just looking at things like facebook can say a lot about people of my generation or younger. People post pictures daily and make posts about something as simple as "going downstairs to eat breakfast" or "off work and going home" as if they need to check in with their friends and family for every move they make. This relaxed attitude toward being watched or allowing others to follow our every move as written by our own hand via the internet has gone so far that people don't even recognize it anymore.