Friday, March 10, 2006
THE MARK OF THE BEAST, OR JUST SIMPLY ORWELLIAN?
The BBC World Service did a story this week about a company in Cleveland that has implanted microchip security devices in the arms of its employees. These chips allow a person access to those areas of the business they are authorized to visit. The company compares it to having your own personal barcode. They tout this as the wave of the future. No searching through your billfold for that credit card, just wave your arm in front of a reader to buy that gas or those groceries. Kidnapped, no problem. This technology will allow the police to track your every move.
Does this scare the shit out of anyone but me? Conceivably, this technology would allow your employer and the government to follow virtually every move you make. Thinking about a mental health day? Better not go anywhere but the pharmacy of doctor's office. Unhappy with the president's performance? Better not say anything. The government knows you met your husband's best buddy at the Motel 6 last week. And on and on. The possibilities of abuse here are so obvious it amazes me that anyone would allow themselves to be "chipped" Frankly, I don't want or need Big Brother looking over my shoulder.
ON A BRIGHTER NOTE...
All the reviews are in, and it appears that Jon Stewart was a smashing success as Oscar host. My favorite lines:
This is the first time I have seen this many stars in one place and didn't have to pay $500 for a Democratic fund raiser! And the stars are excited too! This is the first time many of them have ever voted for somebody who won!
"Good Bye and Good Night" and "Capote" are both movies about hard hitting journalists who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. Obviously, these are period pieces.
...is someone watching me....why do i feel like someone is watching me.....help....
Tracked Workers Outraged Over RFID Tagging
Kinda makes you want to consider living "off the grid".
It just really creeps me out.
It was only a matter of time before the microchip thing progressed to humans. Bit by bit our personal privacy is being obliterated. Can Minority Report be far away?
I love Jon at the Oscars. Indeed two of my favorite lines were "This is the first time many of them have ever voted for somebody who won!" and "...are both movies about hard hitting journalists who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. Obviously, these are period pieces."
As far as chips implanted.... nothing gets implanted in this body.
I would never get chipped, either. I wonder if this is making mainstream American news, since you found the article on BBC. That is curious in and of itself, isn't it?
sme - I prefer to think of it as Orwellian, myself.
I just realized yesterday that if universal chipping takes place, hostage-takers and kidnappers will be ripping these things out of people all the time. And mentally ill people will be removing their own, probably with steak knives and such...Ugh.
I loved john stewart!!