Are you mad as hell about the NSA snooping on your phone and Internet usage data? Here’s what you can do about it.
Get off the Internet. Get rid of your smartphone. Get rid of your cell phone. Get rid of your landline. Don’t buy groceries. Don’t use electricity. Get rid of your ATM and credit cards. Get rid of your health insurance. Don’t go to doctors. Don’t get prescriptions filled. Don’t get prescriptions. Don’t go out in public — where there are public security cameras. Don’t drive. Get rid of your cable. Get rid of your satellite TV. Unsubscribe to all magazines. Don’t ever buy anything, ever. Don’t live in the city. Don’t live in the town. Don’t live in the country unless you can do it without electricity.
We have to understand that along with all these modern conveniences comes a price — and that price is the loss of privacy.
It’s not the government that’s driven this loss of privacy. It’s technology and convenience. If you’re not willing to give up your cell phone or smartphone, you can’t complain about being tracked.
Also, remember that marketers and corporations keep track of you a hell of a lot more than the government does. Now, maybe that doesn’t bother you as much, maybe you have more fear of the government than of big business, but know this: You can vote out the government and replace elected officials. You can’t do that with corporations. You have no say in them unless you’re ultra wealthy and own lots and lots of stock. We still have a say in our government, maybe not as much as we used to, with the halls of power clogged with lobbyists for the wealthy, but we still have access to the voting booth.
Technology is making our concepts of privacy obsolete. The question before us now is how we deal with this fact of modern life. But if you’re expecting to never be tracked, you need to come to terms with the fact that that ship has sailed and it isn’t coming back. For better or worse, this is the world created by all this interconnected technology we’ve made to make our lives more convenient.