a reply to: Daedalus
Actually I have a HUGE footprint on the internet. Check out my signature.
Personally I look at it like this:
Am I paranoid? Or am I not paranoid? Or am I not paranoid enough?
No doubt that governments want to know everything about their citizens. It's the nature of the beast. As long as there has been a person or a group of
persons that are in charge of a larger group of people, they will always do this. Sometimes it's extreme, sometimes it's not as extreme, but then
seems to grow into it.
History has shown us that pretty much any type of government seems to continue to grow and get bigger, and bigger, and when it does, it wants more
control, which means needing more and more information to keep tabs on people.
The former USSR and China are great examples of seeing that in action when they both started up with their communistic governments and then quickly
evolved into police states.
So it boils down to how the individual wants to live their life (if possible...if you live in a country that you don't not have much choice, you live
it the way the state wants you to live it).
Here in the US, and especially in the SE part of it, in the state I live in, I enjoy quite a bit of freedom. No one is really trying to take anything
from me (yet), and no one is trying to keep me from living the way I want (yet. Like growing my own food, having my own eggs, making my own beer,
collecting rain water just fine, etc, etc).
Does that make me trust the Government? Nope. Not really. I take any politicians promise with a grain of salt. Life here where I live is very laid
back, easy going and day by day is pleasant (of course I'm in the country, not some city either).
So I don't have a lot to be paranoid about.
On the other hand, it is good to be paranoid about your government. History shows us over and over that you can't really trust governments.
But how paranoids should someone be?
For some, I guess being as paranoid as you can get, thinking the government is trying to find everything they can about you, what you do, how you do
it, feels right.
For others, like me, I've not had a reason to feel that way, so to me, that feels like being too paranoid.
But that's me and how I feel. Doesn't make me right and someone else wrong.
So really, if it makes you (and others) feel better to not have technology that is suppose to help you and the power company, because you're worried
about being spied on, then I guess it makes you feel better.
But then.....you do have a lot of us that would like better technology that helps us, helps our standard of living, and can help us save money.
So people will disagree about it. Some will be upset about it.
I don't have an answer for it. No matter what a government does, people will always thing that they are out to get them or spy on them.
edit on 5-8-2014 by eriktheawful because: (no reason given)