Glen Greenwald's Speech: Has Privacy Been Lost?

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Missouri Martinez
Mr. Derzinsky
Com 101-021
Has privacy been lost?
Recently mass surveillance has been controversial. Younger generations approve of certain privacy being taken away from them; however the elders believe certain of their personal information should be confidential and no one has the right to know unless they want them to.
In Glen Greenwalds ' "Why privacy matters" TED talk, he shared his discovery about people. He realized that when people are aware that they are being monitored, they change their attitudes. Greenwald then explained that if we want to control people, we have to let them know that they are under surveillance. This can be witnessed with people who have some type of power. To them people that do not share
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When they are alone, they tend to act a certain way; however, when they are surrounded by others, they tend to make decisions based on what the crowd would. People tend to lose individuality once surrounded by others. People suddenly have no personal opinions, some even let others answer for them. They tend to conform to what the majority wants rather than what they want even though they state, that privacy is not a big deal, yet they hide their real responses. Greenwald believes this has to do with people being afraid to be judged in any type of way or to feel a sense of loneliness. "But equally essential to what it means to be a free and fulfilled human being is to have a place that we can go and be free of the judgmental eyes of other people. There 's a reason why we seek that out, and our reason is that all of us — not just terrorists and criminals, all of us — have things to hide" (Greenwald). Although we allow certain people to get close to us and know the information we would not want other people who we do not trust to know, we still hide certain information from the people we trust. Despite the fact that humans are social and feel the need to inform people of their whereabouts and what they 're doing, people tend to filter certain things. This is why people have locks and passwords. For example, at …show more content…
He responded with, " If you 're doing something that you don 't want other people to know, maybe you shouldn 't be doing it in the first place." (Greenwald). Although, he thinks people should not be doing things online that do not wish for others to view, when CNET published an article on Schmidt, he prohibited his employees to speak to CNET even though they received all of their information from google sources (Greenwald). Clearly Schmidt does not even believe in his own statement since he does not want people knowing things about him that have been published online. For people in power like Eric Schmidt, their definition for bad people are not only those who have criminal records, but also, those who defy social norms. They have this view of people from those who defy social norms, for the most part are the ones that can not be manipulated as easily as the rest of the crowd. Schmidt learned that people tend to do what they are told if they are aware that they are being monitored; however, I find this to be partially correct. I understand why people in higher power have this believe but, I do not believe that they are the only ones that can hold power over people. We see common everyday people manipulate others. This can especially be viewed in social media. We have the cinnamon challenge as an example. The cinnamon

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