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Reflections on Twitter Feeds: NSA and Privacy Today

Reflections on Twitter Feeds: NSA and Privacy Today

Both the Twitter world and news media are a flutter (could not help this play on words) about the NSA and the court order for Verizon (to which I subscribe) and several online "storehouses" (e.g. Google, Facebook, etc.) We need to concede that this "to do" is driven mostly by the news cycle and not any real concern about privacy matters. Consider:

  • We post more "private" information daily (if not hourly) on Facebook than any specfic information garnered by the sweep from the NSA.
  • The court order on Verizon specifies "meta-data" only.
  • Where are we today on the "right to privacy" as one Tweet I received asked.

I will address in some detail this last point--the right to privacy. This "right" was contructed by the Supreme Court in the 1973 Roe v Wade decision. This right is NOT explicitly stated any where in the Constitution which allows us our rights. This right is not one that is "self evident," unlike the "rights" of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness." I cannot, therefore, buy into the argument that "rights" have been violated under this court order.

Furthermore, what is "privacy" today? We all know the cliche: "What happened in Vegas lives on thru social media." Where do we draw the line between public and private any more? I am beginning to believe that the "privacy" we have often solicited in the 19th and 20th century is a construct of capitalism.

I am also beginning to believe that the 19th and 20th century models of "individual" is transitioning into a commitment to "tribal" connections.                                                                                                                 

Certainly we have seen and continue to see the power of tribal connections throughout the Middle East and north and central Africa. Tribal has significant meaning and we may be on the very cusp of seeing "tribal" supplant democracy. . . .And in the "tribal" world, there is no idividual ownership and little to no privacy.

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