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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ambient Findability: the idea of being findable at all times. A completely connected environment has caused us to marvel at the smart-phone that holds the world in our hands, and slink back in caution at the idea that we too, are accessible. Are we afraid of the hidden stalker? In reality, how many of us feel like the target of a psychotic stranger determined to take down who’s path he finds? Could it be that we’re afraid of our co-workers, friends, or family searching our name and finding something they shouldn’t? Is it the fear that we too might become stalkers?

There is no doubt that we are in a transition period. From factory workers to the robots that have taken their place, we are entering a technological age, and turning back looks slight. So, we must deal with our reality. A few years back we experienced a revolutionary transition period that initially led to an up rise in divorce: women entering the workforce. During the feminist movement women were aspiring to careers outside of the home. This financial independence meant that women didn’t have to be married for financial support.
Initially, this lead to an increase in divorce as women became pickier about how they chose to live. The children of this generation felt the painful consequences of divorce and since then the rate of divorce has decreased. May we say, lesson learned?

With connectivity comes information, and with information comes responsibility. It’s true that technology comes with freedom that can lead anywhere from a life of convenience to losing the value of privacy, but as we adjust to the medium, through trial and error, we will learn how to attain balance. This new medium not only allows us to be connected, but also to work within a spatial environment, limitless in space, unlike the linear reality we live in.

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men. –Ayn Rand.


  1. I completely agree with this post. I'm not sure that stalkers would be the main problem, but Identity thieves could be another story. Identity theft is something that is rapidly increasing in today's world and it's hard to wonder why (sarcasm) when I can find out everything about anyone just by paying 5 dollars to a website. I think that it will be a while, but eventually we will learn through trial and error, like you said, what things are going to have to change.

    On another note, Rand's Objectivism understands that Governments have a sort of monopoly on "force" and it is their decision whether they will use that force to protect unalienable rights of people or take them away. Funny to think about with the current military objectives in other countries (libya, egypt). Of course, in her magic fairytale world all governments should only be used to protect rights (and through Capitalism, which I think may be literally impossible lol). Rand will always confuse me lol.

  2. I do agree with your general point, that theres a balance, and we have to learn how to walk that thin line and get the best out of both sides. But, your allusion using women is a bit out of place for the argument and just plain...odd. I hate to be nit picky, but...what? People felt the consequences of divorce and so women decided to be less picky? There's alot of factors going into why one generation acts differently than the other, and putting a blanket assumption on alot of peoples feelings is not a fact you can present. Or one that's correct, I think. Your arguement is kinda based on this one point, and I don't really think it's holding up your point at all.

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  4. I have to agree with esreed on this one. I'm not trying to downplay your post in any way, because it does bring up some interesting and valid points. However, I don't see how you can justify the divorce rate as a whole going up solely by the increase of women in the workforce. There were many other factors that were at steak in the women's rights movement. Overall it was a good article, but for future reference try and include some extra information, it never hurts!