Nothing Left to Hide

June 27, 2010 at 1:00 am 10 comments



Advances in technology have paved new and better ways to communicate, such as cell phones and instant messaging, which eventually led to the demise of old standbys like the telegraph. The last telegraph or telegram, depending on when you were born, was sent by western union on January 27, 2006.

It’s an irony, however, that the same advances have caused massive erosion of our privacy. They have made it possible to keep tabs on people and store the information on huge databases. Information about you are made available on places where prying eyes care to look. The internet has them. The Homeland Security has them. Wikileaks has them. Your banker has them. Your favorite grocer has them. Worst of all, more and more entities have been gaining access to information about you. These include your medical records, employment history, address changes, magazine subscriptions, sexual fantasies, etc.

It seems that there’s nothing left to hide anymore, no secrets to be told. With this relentless monitoring, somebody out there knows about you, and, sometimes, he may even know more about you than you yourself. Under the circumstances, if you’re looking for a matchmaker, you might as well consider talking to somebody, say, from the Homeland Security. You can be certain he’s got dossiers about you and your potential mate. In addition, he’ll have lie detectors, truth serums, and torture paraphernalia to ensure you get the information you’re looking for.

I wonder if this has resulted in turning us inward. It’s evident during commute hours. I see the ‘leave me alone’ signs from the way people conduct themselves. They avoid each other’s eyes. They shut other people off by plugging their ears and listening to their Ipods. It’s either that or they pretend to read or keep their fingers busy texting on their cell phones. Perhaps it’s their way of holding back the outside world that’s becoming more and more intrusive. It’s a rather futile effort, though. Aside from keeping the panhandler at bay, it’s nothing but a token resistance as their privacy has already been compromised.

If you’re really desperate to keep your privacy intact, the best way is still the old way. Go to an isolated island, be a Neo-Luddite, and live like Robinson Crusoe. Over there, you can go naked shamelessly, without fear of being overexposed. The only hitch is that you need to watch for sand crabs while sunbathing lest they pinch something you hold dear. And, of course, you should leave your laptop and cell phone behind.

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  • […] advances in technology have paved new and better ways to communicate, such as cell phones and instant messaging, which eventually led to the demise of old standbys like the telegraph. the last telegraph or telegram, depending on when you were born, was sent by western union on january 27, 2006. it's an irony, however, that the same advances have caused massive erosion of our privacy. they have made it possible to keep tabs on people and store the … Read More […]

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  • 2. crickette  |  June 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    right now, i guess it will all depend on how much you wish to reveal. we have seen in movies how hackers are able to control technology with just a few clicks on the computer keyboard… but i am sure i am too unimportant for hackers to care…

    i know i am revealing too much of myself by blogging, but i still try to filter the info. we just really have to be a little careful, i guess. especially in FB with all it’s updates. we shouldn’t be too wrapped up with the joys of social networking, despite the temptation. there are privacy settings — we just have to enable it! (right?)

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    • 3. plaridel  |  June 30, 2010 at 1:58 pm

      crickette:

      yes, it pays to be discrete. big brother is always watching.

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    • 4. virtualanimosity  |  June 30, 2010 at 11:18 pm

      thats why i dont do facebook. πŸ™‚

      my cyber involvement is very much limited. like my true self, i keep very few friends.

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      • 5. plaridel  |  July 1, 2010 at 10:43 am

        virtualanimosity:

        i’m not in facebook either. should i feel left out? I wonder if i’m missing something. 😦

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  • 6. AC  |  June 30, 2010 at 4:55 am

    yes, nothing left to hide. another way of revealing ourselves is through blogging, like what we do now. but of course, i admire you for somehow keeping your identity hidden (unlike me, someone who’s baring her soul.. hehe) πŸ™‚

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    • 7. plaridel  |  June 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm

      ac:

      shall we consider it a blessing in disguise? πŸ™‚

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    • 8. virtualanimosity  |  June 30, 2010 at 11:42 pm

      haha hindi naman maxado nu kaba?:P

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  • 9. orville  |  July 2, 2010 at 4:31 am

    the culprit to all of these is what we call the invention of social networking sites but we cannot blame technology for revealing even our most private information because it is still our choice whether to reveal more or less of our private stuffs. the reason why people use the net and tempted to reveal some of their important information is because everyone’s seeking for relationships. this is a fallen world. a world full of frustration and sadness and sometimes we tend to seek our happiness by meeting people at the net. but then it is so dangerous to reveal much information about you. people might use your information and destroy your moral integrity.

    i like your insight! πŸ™‚

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    • 10. plaridel  |  July 2, 2010 at 10:46 am

      orville:

      you’re right on the money. although it’s true that one can find a meaningful relationship online, it’s rather rare. discretion must always be observed when joining social networking sites. it’s a jungle out there.

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