The Internet of crap

I guess I’m old enough now to blame everything on Millennials:

I resent, bitterly, the invasions of my privacy that have been growing year by year, allowing me no say in whether or not I’m prepared to permit them. To the extent possible, I block them. I’m an old-fashioned guy, who believes in personal privacy and is prepared to invest in it to the extent I can. Unfortunately, such attitudes appear to be vanishing among modern young people. They’ve been raised in an era of corporate and government intrusiveness, to such an extent that they see little or nothing wrong with it. They even pay for voice-operated and/or “smart” gadgets in their homes, to make their lives more “convenient” — forgetting that those same gadgets can record anything and everything they do, and make it available to marketers and others. Want a passionate evening with your lover? If you have one of those gizmos in your bedroom, there will be a record of it — and who knows who may listen to it? If a divorce results from your behavior, will a lawyer obtain a court order to get a copy of it, and play it in open court to prove infidelity? What will that do to your reputation?

In 2019? Probably nothing, especially if you’re a Democrat.

Still, I can relate to this:

I feel like a technological and ethical dinosaur. Oh, well. Extinction is something we all face, sooner or later. I hope mine arrives before I become nothing more than a digit in the global, all-encompassing system. At least I can go out extending a more appropriate digit to all concerned!

While you’re at it, flip the bird to those who profess to be unconcerned.


  1. fillyjonk »

    23 January 2019 · 11:01 am

    Well, maybe one upside to the govt. shutdown: no NSA dudes listening to people’s nookie right now?

    As a nookie-less one, I’m more concerned about some jackwagon deciding to hack a “smart” thermostat and turn the temperature up to 99 or something. Or hack the smart lock on a door to allow God-knows-who into someone’s home

    There are far too many jackwagons in the world, some doing it merely for “lulz,” some for actual nefarious purposes, for me to want very many things hooked up to the Internet.

  2. Roger Green »

    23 January 2019 · 9:28 pm

    I AM a digital dinosaur, apparently.

  3. Orvan Taurus »

    24 January 2019 · 6:03 am

    “They can listen in on on everything you say.”

    “Those poor bastards.”

  4. The Other McCain »

    24 January 2019 · 7:53 am

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