The Internet Has Changed The Meaning Of Privacy

1554 Words Feb 3rd, 2016 7 Pages
The Internet has changed the meaning of privacy. After the September 11th attacks, the US government began to take measures in order to ensure that another attack of that magnitude would never happen again. Those measures included pervasive surveillance between phone calls, text messages, and Internet activity. This does not necessarily mean people have become safer since. The loss of liberty does not always equate to a gain in security. Privacy is a freedom that is integral to the American way of life. In "Visible Man: Ethics in a World Without Secrets," Peter Singer discusses what society theoretically gains versus what is actually lost when people live in a state of mass surveillance. According to Singer, Jeremy Bentham 's "Panopticon," a round building with an observation tower in the center that has a view of everything, exists in society in a different form: through technology. The anonymity of this technology is especially disconcerting because people are not as accountable of their actions when they cannot be held accountable for them. This applies to those with the power to watch over others because of the arbitrary use of power a superior could use. In Tom Vanderbilt 's "Shut Up, I Can 't Hear You: Anonymity, Aggression, and the Problems of Communicating While Driving," people 's driving habits represent the false sense of security they feel when they are inside their cars. People are anonymous in their cars, so they do not act according to social norms. According…
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