Act 2: The Surveillance State as Public Utility

Midnight Ramblings
A friend confides in me that they don't feel as if their job is a 'career', because they didn't need a degree for the career path they've been on for nearly 15 years. No degree, not management, not 'career'. I respond that if a career means endless promotion resulting in management positions, then I never want to have a career. --- Early 2003. I've recently broken up with a long time girlfriend, feeling as if I've been asleep for the previous four years of life - missing everything important. I sit in a daze, watching our country invade the middle east with non-stop televised live footage of the war at hand, this is a first. "Shock and Awe", indeed. I've been listening to a lot of the Matthew Good solo…
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Erosion of Privacy

Midnight Ramblings
See, this is why the erosion of privacy and data convergence worry me. Sometime in the future, I will skype video conference my doctor for my yearly physical. It will be convenient, because I won't have to wait in a waiting room for an hour for my appointment. Bonus: No blood draws or treadmill tests, because my fitbit 5000 health tracker gizmo will tell my physician everything she needs to know. My doctor will inquire about my health, and I will, as always, say everything is fine. Unsatisfied, my doctor will grill me with further questions, testing my lying skills from differing angles. I will, as always, masterfully weave a magnificent tale of 'truth' about how healthy I've been eating and how I exercise all the time (thinking about exercise…
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