I was the target of visual surveillance in the sixth grade. In the 1960s, my parents drove past my University Place Elementary School to make sure that I was wearing my winter coat and that I was kept safe by the school district. In my teens, the village, which was my neighborhood, told other parents what their kids were doing on the street and in the school yards.
At the time I was outraged by this privacy intrusion.
But over the decades, I’ve liberally used my phone, computer and tablet to search the world for information. I’ve explored my universe with impunity.
Now Edward Snowden tells us that we should be outraged by this societal attention. Guess what? I was expecting this security safety net all along. My Congress is on board, and I haven’t been unduly left out of the security loop.
Eyes have watched me since elementary school, but I’ve adjusted to this recon by Big Brother. Google, Twitter, Facebook and the government don’t scare me.