“I don’t want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, every expression of creativity or love or friendship is recorded. That’s not something I’m willing to support, it’s not something I’m willing to build, and it’s not something I’m willing to live under.”
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Perhaps the author of the quote intends to elucidate, after the word “recorded”, by a government agency?
I’m asking that because everything you say and do is, and always has been “recorded”, in the consequences of your choices, the lives of those you’ve interacted with, possibly even in some big golden book in the sky (if you are religious). Unless you live in complete solitude, your life has left its mark. The record may not be all in one place, but it exists.
By “recorded” here one means a digital record of your actions. Earlier even though dossiers existed about citizens and other people the micro-level activity was not recorded. Though what you speak of, about leaving a mark and records, theyare a macro-level recording, for example, the government that is elected in a democracy. Does it say anything about who a particular individual has been talking with on Sunday morning. Earlier it was not possible for simple reason that the technology did not exist which would enable to do it. But now since it is being done en masse, without any discrimination, it is concerning. Every small action that you take now is recorded and can be correlated to all other activities. And this record stays forever, for anyone with access to recording to see. So the issue of privacy goes off the roof. Would you like your everyday acts, even little ones, being “recorded” and “viewed” by strangers who might use them against you in the future?
I agree with you in principle, even though I personally don’t care if others view even my smallest, most private behaviors. My life is far too ordinary and boring. It’s hilarious to imagine anyone else having interest in viewing it through a magnifier. As far as using it against me, there’s insufficient ammunition.
Most people, including you, think that “recording” of their lives is okay, because they have nothing to hide. This is precisely where people are wrong. Please read this article which will explain fallacies in this mode of thinking and why it is important that everyone opposes this kind of snooping on our very private moments.