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The Largest Social Experiment Of The Century

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Another sleepless night in the Rockies and so I lay here thinking. Son always tells me that it could be dangerous. LOL  Seriously, I do some of my best thinking when I am laying here in the quiet with the fan blowing and the only glow of light is my monitor here beside my bed. And this is no exception.

Have you all ever considered that we have all been part of the largest social experiment ever? Think about it. Facebook comes onto the scene and everyone thinks it is wonderful. I mean where else can you have 656 friends, post pictures all day long and tell when you are going to the bathroom for the world to know?  So, everyone rushes to get a Facebook page. And slowly our privacy has been removed and our information put out there for the world to see. Oh yeah, at first people complained, threatened to leave etc….at least the first or second time it happened. Now, people take it as nothing to worry over. I hear “I have nothing to hide” until I want to just scream. Now the primer is set.

Progress into the fancier Iphones and other types of fancy cell phones with Apps and it seems people can not even carry on their lives without a tablet or cellphone in their hands and talking into a camera. I watched several videos of people with new babies spending more time talking into their camera than they did live to their baby. So, we progress on to more and more Apps until each one is a “social” app. Why, now there is a new app out that is a meat thermometer to use when you are grilling. You plug it into your Iphone or fancy cellphone and then stick it in the meat and it connects you to all your friends so you can see who else is grilling and share pictures with them and talk about what you are cooking. Why not just ask people over to eat for dinner? What has happened to face to face contact?

Now the primer is in motion and we are all accustomed to disclosing all our information, everything about our lives from when we go to the bathroom, to sleeping, to sex, to where we go to doctors and hospitals and you name it. And then here comes the big scandal of the NSA and our privacy being violated. Five years ago, people would have screamed and demanded that Eric Holder be replaced and the problems fixed pronto. Today, after all of our indoctrination of “just accepting” that loss of privacy is ok, nothing is done. And we are the laughing-stock of the world. But wait, maybe we can take our meat apps that hook into our Iphones and into our roasts on the grill and have a protest? No, no, that will not work because we have already given away all our info, and with the meat app, people know where we live and what we are eating. Besides that, a protest by Iphone does not sound very dramatic does it.

Of course, take a look at the news anymore. I turned on the tv this morning to catch the morning news and it was like watching a variety talent show with everything but news. Why do I want to watch arm wrestling on the news or see demonstrations of makeup, etc? #Brian Williams seems to be the only professional newsman left. He presents the news without emotionalism or sensationalism and reminds me of Walter Cronkite. Are we so desensitized that we think we can not just hear the news but must have entertainment and a variety show to hear it?

It is starting to feel a little like “The Truman Show” with Jim Carrey where his life was a TV show only he did not know it and all the people around him including his parents were actors.. People talk about video games and the violence and how they have desensitized our children but think nothing about how we have been desensitized to think that we do not need our privacy anymore. I often wonder do they even realize that this is one right gone. Freedom of speech is being stepped on right now. Will it be the next right to disappear? Or will people just start saying “Oh, I am not worried. I have nothing to SAY”?

Have we been duped into thinking that our lives are nothing but 24 hour Youtube videos for all the world to see and that everyone needs to know everything there is to know about us? Is Hippa becoming obsolete? Is living in a “free country” obsolete? Have we been part of the largest social experiment of the century?

April 30, 2014 - Posted by | All, Uncategorized | , , , , ,

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