Privacy you say?
I was somewhat of a complete slob over Christmas break. Except for the few times we went to the grocery store and once to Matt’s aunt’s, I remained in my PJs the majority of the time, watching TV or reading.
It was glorious. I highly recommend it. If it is at all possible. And don’t worry, I did shower everyday.
Of the many things I watched, three grabbed my attention the most:
Citizenfour, a documentary about Edward Snowden and NSA’s spying both on US citizens and globally. (Available on HBO Go.)
Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man, Season 2 Episode 4, Privacy. The issue of companies – many we have never heard of – gathering all sorts of data on us, building profiles, and how dangerous that can be to our privacy. (Available on Netflix.)
Dirty Wars, a documentary narrated by and based on a book by journalist Jeremy Scahill. He delves into the American government’s secret missions abroad that are, in one word, horrific. And sadly, the American public is very much unaware of what their own government is doing in many countries around the world – things that the US would decry as murderous and criminal if any other country was doing the same. (Available on Hulu Plus.)
I recommend watching all three of these. Granted, and in all honesty, there isn’t much we can do to change what is happening, but it’s good and important to be aware. There are some things you can do in your everyday life to slightly minimize how much information is collected on you and your children, while also making informed political decisions when it’s time to vote.
Don’t choose to ignore what is happening around you. Don’t shrug your shoulders and say “well that’s just the way it is.” Because if we all continue along this path, we’ll all be living in something far worse than what George Orwell described in his book 1984. (That is if we’re not already.)