This thread is due in part as a response to the OP in the thread posted by Skyfloating titled:
Webcam is watching you
Wherein, I will agree that the technology mentioned in the OP seemingly allows for such surveillance to occur but, I for one question whether the
manpower is there to actually pull this off to even remotely be considered Orwellian
In my opinion, unless you are a blatant threat to national or global security in some fashion, then I don't think you're going to have to worry
about having Big Brother spy on you in and among your daily living. If anyone will be spying on you they will do so to get you to buy stuff not to pry
into or try to direct your behavior to that of being sure you're maintaining that which is considered to be a "model citizen".
Here's why I feel this is the case (and by all means please add why you agree or disagree to this thread with facts, opinions, or any other conducive
information that you feel may warrant further discussion):
I don't feel there is enough Federal manpower to survey in a manner fitting anything close to that of Orwellian
proportions as it were. I am
aware of certain technologies in place that do indeed surpass anything the typical human could do as far as mass surveillance, but to the best of my
knowledge this technology is more used to see what you're buying to sell you more stuff, more than it is used to see that you are maintaining your
prime directive and living according to TPTB determination of what a model citizen should be, in so many words.
Let us just compare the overall numbers involved here on the Federal
grand scale. At the time this thread was authored the US Population was
314,666,576 people (of course one would leave a little room for +/- percentage ratios in this number)
) of which I mention simply for the sake of comparison to the available manpower.
As of June 2012 there were a total of 2,115,707 Federal Employees in the US, US Territories, Foreign Countries, and "Unspecified" to include Cabinet
and Large, Medium, & Small Agencies
So let us speak hypothetically for a moment...
Let us say that every one of the 314,666,576 people needed to be surveyed (man, woman, child). To do that, you currently have 2,115,707 Federal
Employees (this number doesn't account for Individual State & Local Government Employees but it should at least and somewhat garner the point) at
your disposal that would need to stop doing what ever their current job is and instead do nothing but survey people in a typical Big Brother
Each individual Federal Employee would be responsible for watching approximately 149 people each.
Any of you that have kids, have chaperoned, or more, have worked security know that just watching after a person or two can be a very daunting task,
but 149 people all at once, this would take a super hero.
The Federal Employees we're talking about here would need to be surveyed as well so they in turn would need to be included within the bunches being
watched as being a Federal Employee doesn't negate your potential to be a security threat.
There are those that profess our US Government can't be trusted and there are those that will say our liberties and freedoms are being slowly chipped
away at by the Gubment. I can see how certain attributes of these claims hold water and on the other hand I am of the notion that in order to change,
evolve, advance, or whatever fancy term you want to use, things will have to change.
Take these old advertisements for example, obviously this sort of thing on the market would be out of the question this day and age. Why? ...because
there was a change, in the knowledge we had of said product due to changes in medical advancements. How many people at the time do you suppose were
totally against this change and considered it an act of oppression from their Gubment?
This is what was advertised on the box and during that era was used additionally as a remedy for teething babies.
COCAINE TOOTHACHE DROPS
Price 15 Cents.
For sale by all Druggists.
(Registered March 1885.)
Cocaine is the new anaesthetic now used so extensively thoughout Europe and this
country by Physicians, Surgeons and Dentists.
This preparation of Toothache Drops contains Cocaine, and its wonderful properties
are fully demonstrated by the many recommendations it is daily receiving.
Take no other except Cocaine Toothache Drops.
For sale by all Druggists.
Prepared by the Lloyd Manufacturing Co., 219 Hudson Ave., Albany, N.Y
or this one...
Indeed, children under 6 probably couldn't hang with the big dog 8 year old asthmatic smoking kids.
So this somewhat went off on a tangent from where I originally began, but hopefully on the whole a point was made somewhere within and if you made it
through this far in the thread I am sure it's not one of the worst threads you've read on ATS. With that, I wholeheartedly appreciate you taking the
time to read it.
In closing, I realize there could be a slew of differences in opinion regarding this topic but I think the moral of what I was trying to relay here is
don't fear change, it has to happen sooner or later whether we like it or not. But, I do feel confident in saying that we will be able to do so
without worrying about the Gubment being all tied up in what we are doing in our daily lives.
Big Brother is not really as big as some would try to have you believe, it's the advertisers, marketing companies, and various corporations that you
have to watch out for, those guys are the Bully that beats Big Brother up on the playground everyday and are constantly a part of your daily
activities one way or another.