|Vol. 14 No. 14
July 15, 2019
Columns & Features
by Heidi M. Pascual
by Jamala Rogers
privacy concern was someone walking in unannounced into our bedroom or eavesdropping over our shoulder as we talked on the phone. Maybe we were even
worried that the government would wiretap a phone. A young lady’s privacy concern back then was her brothers trying to read her diary, which was loaded with
personal information that she didn’t want anyone else to see.
While many would try to find out things about you, their options were limited and it was pretty easy to keep things about us private. We grew up without electronics
and so it was difficult for others to pry into our affairs. Of course for most of us, there really wasn’t anything to pry into.
But how that has changed. Personal computers really took off in the early 1990s and the Internet followed closely behind. The smart phone has been around,
practically speaking, since 2007 with the introduction of the iPhone by Apple.
These advancements in communication and data storage/production have always been a double-edged sword. I remember back in the early 2000s when the warning
started coming out that privacy as we knew it was coming to an end. With the massive storage of data, high-speed optic fibers and the dawning knowledge that
information is power, especially when practiced on a large scale, it was only a matter of time when it seemed every company wanted access to my information and
have the ability to track my every move on the Internet. And they were selling this information, bundled with the information of millions of others, to companies and
marketers. And due to the creativity of IT experts on the wrong side of the divide between right and wrong, hackers could obtain that information and use credit card,
social security and driver’s license information to either adopt my identity for nefarious purposes or to rip me off blindly before I became aware of what they were up
For many people — especially young people who never knew a world without smart phones and personal computers — there is nothing wrong with people knowing
everything about them or have become resigned to the fact that people are going to get that data, whether they like it or not. -- READ MORE
I think back to my teen years during the 1960s. Portable radios were large clumsy things and phones were confined to your home or office
as landlines. And phone booths seemed to be on every block in the city. Personal computers had yet to be invented and so our biggest
I guess one of the advantages of getting to be an elder — an old guy — is that you have the perspective
of time, the way that things used to be. Now that can be both a help and a hindrance. It can be a help in
that you’ve seen so much go down that nothing surprises you and that you are not easily swayed by the
newest fad that repackages things that you’ve seen so many times before. The hindrance is that you can
easily become close-minded, unwilling to consider new ways of doing things, even when they are better.