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News flash: The kids don’t care about privacy

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News flash: The kids don’t care about privacy

News flash: The kids don’t care about privacy
September 23
18:42 2019

To understand privacy in the modern world, we need to take a trip back 150 years or so.  Privacy was very important to the folks in the 1850s – and easy to maintain.

If you lived on a farm 30 miles outside of a town with a population of 1500 people – and your nearest neighbor was two miles away – you had a lot of privacy.  Even in the cities, folks did not have telephones to tap – or ones that broadcast over the air.  No one knew what radio or television programs you watched because there were no radios and televisions.

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There were no national credit cards with your personal credit rating.  There were no fingerprints or mug shots on record – not even on early wanted posters. You did not need a license to drive a buckboard or own a gun.  There were almost no medical records recording every time you got a bottle of Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound.  There were no federal tax records because there was no income tax.  There were not a lot of public records – and if you wanted to check someone out, you had to personally go to the local courthouse, bank or church.  And there was no way to make a copy of a record and take it with you.

In those times, what you said did not survive past the ears of those who actually heard you.  Unless you kept a few old love letters, most of what you wrote was likely burned in the fireplace.  Today’s emails and social platforms preserve our most casual and often intimate communications for posterity.

There were no public cameras following your every move – and no GPS to locate you, your car, your kids and even your pet poodle.  The folks in pre-Civil War America not only did not have the enormous electronic paper trails, they lacked the means to access information while sitting around the kitchen table.

Today, we live in a world in which new technology continues to infringe on our privacy – but we get used to it – especially the younger generation that know no other world.

Most of those who express grave concern about the loss of privacy are mostly older folks – the over 50 crowd.  We tend to cling to the old culture of privacy with which we were raised.  Because I have a 26-year-old son, I have had a lot of conversations with the younger generation.

To my fellow seniors, I must tell you.  The kids do not care all that much about privacy.  We can warn them to be careful what they say and post on the internet of their phones – especially those R and X-rated photos –but that is just part of normal life in the Wi-Fi world.

Since its inception in the 1890s, fingerprinting has been the principle data-based identifier.  Today it is facial recognition.  One knows when they are fingerprinted, but you can be ID’ed with facial recognition walking down the street without ever knowing it.  China is already using facial recognition and data information to create social profiles.  While we abhor the thought, we already have sights that rate us socially without permission.

They are not easily scandalized because they do not share our cultural standards of scandal.  They look upon us like we might look upon the Puritans and Victorians – or even the Ozzie and Harriet culture of the 1950s.

The younger generation is mostly indifferent if people know about their sex life, their finances, that DUI.  They know the world of commerce will track their every purchase or product-related comment on the internet.  They know their medical records will come into play if they want to buy a gun or get a job in the defense industry – where secrets are still important.

As much as the older generation is worried about the loss of privacy, don’t expect the kids to share our concern.  There is an old saying … “I don’t have anything to hide.”  That becomes truer every day.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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2 Comments

  1. Cricket
    Cricket September 26, 16:43

    Missing, along with privacy, is Personal Responsibility. Our Constitution provided us with Freedom and Independence, but for those to be effective, there has to be Personal Responsibility. Think and then Do, is an old saying that has totally been lost.

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  2. Defiant One
    Defiant One September 26, 17:44

    First, let’s set the record straight. These are no longer Democ-RATS, haven’t been for decades; they are Godless, Satan worshiping, power-mad, NWO-elitist ghouls. They have accomplished dumbing-down, drugging-up, PC bullying and brainwashing the dumb-(m)asses of the left while also allowing an invasion of illegal aliens ( a voting bloc that they can control) and God knows how many terrorists! They know that they haven’t a chance in hell (where most will be residing if they don’t repent) of beating Trump in 2020. These demonic psychopaths and their suicidal useful minions are not going to stop their goal of destroying what is left of this THIRD WORLD BANANA REPUBLIC that we have become; just look at Cali-PORN-ia, , NY SHITTY, SHIT-CAGO, DIRT-TROIT, all diseased SH!T-HOLES by design! Leprosy is even making a comeback in Cali-PORN-ia due to them and their anti-American, anti-life, anti-family, anti Christian and pro-death, pro-Satan policies! WTFU, REVOLUTION will be the required SOLUTION – bet on it! Armr====================================? – – – – – – – -, we’ll be needing them! If I was in charge of the “Re-PUNK-licans” I’d be calling for red states to start manning militias because ultimately these devil’s disciples will disarm “US” incrementally as their suicidal useful idiots ( snowflake millennials) gladly aid and abet in their demise as well as the rest of “US” WTFU, the truth hurts but (keeps) you free, the party is over, get it?

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