Privacy And Political Correctness: A Personal Analysis

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I never quite understood the importance of privacy or political correctness as a child. The quick-witted banter that I had developed between friends really had no filter. I could say what I wanted, and how I wanted to say it without fear of ramifications, and my friends did the same. They were just words to us; they had little meaning, and if a conflict did erupt, it quickly fizzled out. However, the world changes, culture changes, ideas change, and with that so do freedoms. This is how my perception of the U.S. government’s drastic change from being a just to a somewhat tyrannical one, through world events such as the U.S.A. Patriot Act, iPhone release, and the Edward Snowden Leak. As I stated earlier, I never really gave much thought of …show more content…
No longer would my words be overheard, and I be ridiculed by them. It was a revolutionary device that changed the way we communicate, “An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. An iPod, a phone … are you getting it? These are not three separate devices, this is one device, and we are calling it iPhone. Today, today Apple is going to reinvent the phone, and here it is.” (Jobs, 2007) I could communicate what seemed to be instantly and privately with whomever I desired. I could be opinionated; I could be satirical without authorities limiting my speech by what they deemed appropriate or relevant. The iPhone provided an easy and fast access point to the World Wide Web; quite literally, the entirety of man’s knowledge was at my fingertips. Although this device seemed to fix my problem, the government once again stepped up with its overbearing hand and started to monitor the explosion of information being uploaded as a result of the iPhone release. Their reasoning was that while it did revolutionize communication for the U.S. citizen, it also revolutionized communication for the terrorist. It was a new avenue in which terrorists interacted; therefore, it became a vulnerability. Being a rural kid growing up in the expanding industrial town of Tupelo, MS, I didn’t feel like it was a vulnerability for me. Yet again, my ignorant mouth didn’t fully grasp the severity of this “War on Terror”, …show more content…
Terrorism was and is a very real threat, and the ability to respect and protect citizens is what America was built on. My perception of what protection really meant evolved through world events like the U.S.A. Patriot Act, iPhone release, and the Snowden

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