Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Is Big Brother right around the corner?

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

Have you heard about Square?

You sign up online, start tabs at all your favorite stores (like Walgreens, Target, Best Buy, Home Depot, Macys…), enter your debit or credit information, and your smartphone does the rest.

Stop in at Starbucks and your phone talks to the register. Bingo, your name and photo flash over to the clerk. So does your payment information. No cash, no card swiping, no hassle. Next, Office Max for a few supplies. By the time you walk in the door, the cashier has all your pertinent information.

Cash is dead! Or will be soon.

Does this sound like utopia to you? Frankly, it scares me silly. I place a high value on my privacy.

1984 introduced telescreens that monitored the oppressed inhabitants of Oceania.

George Orwell couldn’t have envisioned our modern technology way back in 1949, but he came close enough.

Because one day very soon, Big Brother will be watching us from those cell phones in our pockets.