Secrecy and the subsequent monitoring of family life

Posted by: Newswalle

What is the future for the family? Since the families who live there today are many ways to get out of the passages I grew up in. This is in part from a change in values ??and social structures – the changing role of women, the softening attitude of parents towards their children, the increasing number of "blended" families like mine. But above all it is the technology that determine how we live as families in the future.

Each refuge instead in their own private spaces that are part of a larger whole – before i did about what I felt to write the action of the home screens. But I suspect that this is just the beginning.

I recently received a press release suggesting that they wish to take advantage of an application to tell me exactly where my children. Anytime through their mobile phones Experiments were carried out with cameras in the classrooms where classes could be heard for parents to see their children at home. More recently, there are portable technology – ordinary-looking glasses that can do everything that you have experienced record.

I once wrote a book about a man, the video cameras throughout the house to be installed, to find out exactly what his family was when he was not there. He ended flayed by a psychotic female techno nerd. The Seymour Tapes is meant the present as a warning about a future that is forever.

My inspiration for the book came from frustration with the conversations I. With my family on different versions of the same events It has been alleged that I said what I thought not. Or I was sure my wife a promise that they will be denied production. Or had told my children that something they swore they had not to do. Recording technology would make all a thing of the past. Your time, and your family could be digitized.

However, there is such a thing as too much information, too much truth, if you like – especially when it comes to our loved ones. Alex Seymour, star of the bands Seymour, begins with the idea of ??the test, but it changes very quickly to observation. Secretly records what your family is doing and saying while he is away. He learns that his wife and children did not particularly like – the fantasy that he is like a father you are not strongly agree with the person who is perceived. And this is undoubtedly the real danger of a world of technology where nothing hidden – where every house is the house of Big Brother. It leaves no room for imagination – self or otherwise.

The truth about her family may be that they want you – but also, occasionally, you hate it or think that you trust an idiot or not, or can not be bothered with you. And there are – just like you. In the head or in the interior of private conversations – Currently, most of these truths are to be kept within the private sphere. Since these are being eroded, is one of two things happen – either you paranoid to censor and what we say, or our sensitivity are trampled on, leading to a new era of conflict.

The threat to our privacy is not only outside our homes. The advent of recording technologies have become so advanced that it's too easy to listen to walls, doors that look. Wearable Technologies are just the beginning.

As for me, I am happy to remain ignorant bliss. I can keep my hopes – I am loved and respected by all are and that my version of events is always right. You could be wrong – but as TS Eliot observed, one can only stand so much reality. And for parents, it is doubly the case.

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