As if cyber crime, privacy violations, spam, malware, and other Internet nuisances weren’t enough, we now have state supported spying activities threatening our communication lives.
I have openly questioned the importance of many types of Internet use in this blog, if only to emphasize that there is probably a boundary – albeit fuzzy – between commercial economic activity, education and employment, and entertainment. I have dubbed entertainment “New Media” as a means of keeping it straight in my old-fashioned mind.
As I have experienced my “life” there have been opportunities to study and learn – formally in school – education. Others to work and earn a living – employment. Still more that were recreational and some in which I was entertained. Movies, radio and television, tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc. have usually been relegated to “spare time” rather than other times of the day or week. Traditionally, “movie night” was Saturday night, while other evenings might be spent watching or attending a sporting event.
The boundaries between many of these activities have become more blurred as media and its delivery systems have developed so that entertainment forms co-exist in time and space and physically on the devices that we carry with us all the time. And we certainly are using them for whatever purposes whenever we like. BYOD anyone?
To my point. Despite all the changes in technology, access to entertainment has not changed our needs to be educated or to earn a living. Certainly, there are new opportunities to accomplish both of these life tasks using technology. But as with so many facets of our environment opportunities to disrupt, interfere, and abuse technology are also a part of the openness spawned by the Internet and global communication.
As with the physical controls that members of the world community have chosen to use to protect their homes and families, valuables, businesses, and even national borders, it is no wonder that we now have been forced to use technology to observe and potentially enforce the real threats that exist.
But it is complicated, controversial, and fraught with danger.
Thanks to Reuters