Re: dumbocracy
Tue, 24 Jun 1997 19:33:32 -0500 (EST)

On Tue, 24 Jun 1997, Hagbard Celine wrote:
> I happen to think that in a short time, what we know of as "privacy"
> will be a thing of the past. Some others are not convinced of that.
> The technologies that we are pushing on this list are just as easily
> used against us as they are by us and for us. Since these technologies
> *will* someday exist, I feel also that the last remnants of what we call
> privacy will dissipate into a vestigial anachronism. I have resigned
> myself to this, and that attitude has infiltrated my post.

This seems to me to be a very possible future, not one that I necessarily
welcome, but I tend to view its approach with a "who care's" attitude.
Obviously some people here do, and I'd be interseted to hear more on why
they do. I can deffinitely see a problem if the state is the one looking
over my shoulder, but what of the hoped for voluntary societies? I'm not
terribly concerned now if people know my business, and maybe that's just
naivete or my virtual lack of anything to hide, but if I'm living in a
community with standards of behavior that reflect my own, namely "crimes"
not comitted against property are not crimes, then I can't see why it
would make much difference if people can watch me go about my "private
life" at home, or elsewhere. (pardon my long sentence, no time to
revise ;->)

Michael Bowling