George Orwell’s book 1984 had the government watching you. Everyone is familiar with Big Brother, and some are concerned that we are approaching the age of Big Brother. They get concerned about street cameras recording your every move. Electronic Toll Collection Tags are tracking your vehicle’s movement. Every time you pay for something electronically, your sales patterns, whereabouts and even your expenditures are being tracked, just like your income is tracked with direct depost.
The government does track you, oh yes it does. However, your purchase and vehicle movement don’t give those in control your complete picture. What does some genius do? He convinces people that if they actually tell him where they are, it is fun! People willingly tell http://twitter.com/ what they are doing. In fact, the home page actually ask people to answer “one simple question: What are you doing?” People are telling Big Brother exactly what he needs to know. What you are doing. He doesn’t need to have been snuck into our living rooms via the cable. People actually willing bring webcams into their homes, but resist “someone else” doing it to them.
After Twitter has been around to see an increase in technology, they will invent a new technology, but one that’s been around for years. They will have the ability to track your telephone. Sure, telephones have been trackable, but only by way of a warrant or to find a true missing person. When, in actuality, they were tracking all cell phones. Heads of state and high-ups in Washington would really take it in the shorts if this information was at all believed to have been by the public. But now, Twitter would make it available to all, on a personal permission system, as a convenience. “We can track where you are and tell all your friends.” They will give you the convenience of having them post your whereabouts, and by listening in to your calls, post what you’re talking about. And they will charge your for the convenience.
Big Brother will charge you for the convenience of having him watch you. Pure genius. In exchange for your fear of clandestine government spying program, you pay them to tell authorities where you are and what you’re doing and what you’re buying. Stay away, Big Brother. Come on in, Big Sister.
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