Will Privacy Ever Be An Option?

I will talking about Nick Dyer-Witheford’s, “Mobile” and Micah Lee’s, “Edward Snowden Explains how to Reclaim your Privacy”. Nick Dyer-Withedord’s article “Mobile” is asking why do we pay six hundred dollars or more for an iphone, why are they so expensive? What are we actually paying for? Depending on which cell phone carrier you have, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint or any of the other ones the phone is pretty expensive yet Iphones are the top selling phone even if you’re part of a low-income community. The article says “As a Salvadoran saying has it, ‘En El Salvador hasta los perros andan celular’ (‘In El Salvador even dogs have cell phones’) (Alarcón 2014: 11). Some 30 to 40 per cent of the population live below the official poverty line, but there are 123 cell phone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants.” Why are cellphones so addicting? What if our cell phones did not have access to internet, would it still be as popular? Probably not, cell phones make life a lot easier, we can look up pretty much anything with the click of a couple buttons or using Siri. Cell phones have made people read books online, buy music online, and even watch movies on your phone, what’s a newspaper? What’s a CD? What’s even a movie theatre? Cell phones have taken over a lot of companies and just put any information we need at our fingertips.

Micah Lee’s, “Edward Snowden Explains how to Reclaim your Privacy” is about a interview with a man named Edward Snowden who “is an American computer professional, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, and former contractor for the United States government who copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 without authorization. His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments.” Edward was talking about how the government takes our privacy away from us and monitors everything we do, he is giving us tips and advice on how to have a more private life, he says in the article “We should armor ourselves using systems we can rely on every day. This doesn’t need to be an extraordinary lifestyle change. It doesn’t have to be something that is disruptive. It should be invisible, it should be atmospheric, it should be something that happens painlessly, effortlessly. This is why I like apps like Signal, because they’re low friction. It doesn’t require you to re-order your life. It doesn’t require you to change your method of communications. You can use it right now to talk to your friends.”

Both article don’t really have any correlation but the first article is asking what we pay for when buying a cellphone, why is it so expensive? The second article is about how to have more privacy from the government. My conclusion for the correlation of the two articles is if we buy the phone why doesn’t privacy come with it? That is because the government doesn’t want us to truly be free and they document everything we do on the internet, is that fair? I don’t really think that is, if we pay for the phone and pay for the bill every month we deserve a little bit of privacy, will we ever get this privacy? Probably not but that’s the government for you.


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Dyer-Witheford, Nick. “Dyer-Witheford_Mobile.pdf.” Google Drive. Google, n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.

Theintercept. “Edward Snowden Explains How To Reclaim Your Privacy.” The Intercept. N.p., 12 Nov. 2015. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.

“Edward Snowden.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 19 Apr. 2017. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.


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