posted on Feb, 4 2009 @ 12:08 AM
Ok, ok, everyone can calm down now.
There is one very crucial thing you have overlooked in your OP:
Why would the government care to watch people staring blankly into a television set?
Maybe you need to read that one again. And then again. Let me ask you this personally: if you theoretically COULD monitor the households of millions
of Americans as they sat slack-jawed watching Everybody Loves Raymond and Friends re-runs, would you? I mean, sure, at first probably anyone would,
just for the novelty of it, or maybe in hopes of catching fine women who watched TV in the nude.
But really? Don't you think it would get...I don't know...kind of *old* eventually? Seriously....if people didn't have much of a life watching TV,
then how much of a life could you possibly having watching people watch TV?
Not to mention the sheer amount of resources the government would have to have in order to monitor even a fraction of the population. Now multiply
that by the odds (time wise) that Joe Blow, in between commercial breaks, whips out his map of the next federal targets that he and Suzy Q are going
to hit in the next week.
Please inform me what you think the value versus cost ratio involved would be? Let's consider the cost of the infrastructure to begin with (you've
already included this, it seems), the time and cost involved with almost every tv set being upgraded accordingly, the time and money spent on manning
federal employees who would monitor such a massive spying endeavor, and the time and money spent cataloging, storing, and perhaps analyzing such data
(surely this would be recorded, right? Do you have any concept of how much storage capacity would be needed here? Do you have any idea how many hours
the average American spends per day watching TV?). We'll just ignore what would have to happen in order to build a legal case to prosecute suspect
activity here without blowing such a tremendous cover.
Now let's consider the odds of such a massive endeavor catching "suspect" activity. What's the ratio of the payoff, do you imagine?
So in short....do you perhaps want to rethink the rationality of what you're suggesting before continuing in this thread?