Privacy in an Age of Publicity

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Jill Lepore traces the history of privacy in America. Her article “The Prism” appears in the June 24 issue of The New Yorker.


Jill Lepore

Comments [5]

John A

Sexuality seems to have flipped from a thing marrieds do, legally, acceptably, to something "owned" by private individuals only recently, 20th century, 1950-1975.

Jun. 20 2013 01:52 PM
Kevin from Williamsburg

one could use code that would reveal if an electronic communication was intercepted based on sophisticated programming in the innocuous bits that make these communications up. That code if small and smartly designed could reveal who is intercepting it and as such by it's ability to be deployed be a security threat to those that watch us. That code could reassemble it self from desperate sources to infiltrate the collector's systems...
This WILL happen So I guess the NSA should be careful... it just might open up a virtual Pandora's box...

Jun. 20 2013 01:49 PM
Thomas P from MASS

I am trying to figure out just what "crime" Snowden is being accused of other than the impact of someone that has worked for the NSA pointing out what any informed person on the planet knows and has known... that governments will listen in on and "spy" on whoever they find a "person of interest".

Since when is a vague power point presentation slide a threat to National Security?
The "bad guys" know this already. Only the idiots continue on with their plans not being aware that it is very hard to coordinate/plan/get away with terrorist atrocities in this day and age without falling into a surveillance net somewhere along the route.
Telling me that spying on people has thwarted some of these crimes is no excuse to make talking about that surveillance a crime... which is slowly what is being brainwashed into us at the moment.

I remember when I saw the 2nd plane crash into the World Trade towers, I was on the phone with a friend and said "this changes EVERYTHING" and to myself I thought " they wil use this an an excuse to justify ANYThING"

911 was not an intelligence breakdown ... it was the failure of the airlines after 40 years of hijacking and terrorist events involving multi million dollar passenger planes to secure /harden cockpit doors and the decision to spend hundreds of thousands on passenger entertainment systems and not spend a few thousand on a cabin security camera system. (at least they decided to secure the cabin and put a $40 peephole viewer in the flight deck door!)
If these inexpensive security systems were put in place, these criminals would never be able to take over a plane and turn it into a missile right after it takes off, it would have landed and passengers and crew might have been hurt but the plane could not be turned into a weapon.

On Liberty and freedom. If you do not have Privacy, if you are constantly in fear to form your own thoughts or express them you HAVE NO FREEDOM, you have no LIBERTY, Liberty and freedom and other human rights are built on the base of the privacy to disclose WHEN and where you wish to and not THINK nor express in fear that your thoughts/words wil be used AGAINST You . When you OUT a gay person who is not ready to be outed you deny them their freedom to be them self as they see fit. PRIVACY is essential to LIBERTY

Jun. 20 2013 01:40 PM

Anyone with familiar with Steve Rambam, "Privacy is Dead"?

Jun. 20 2013 01:24 PM

"I mean, give Cheney at least some minimal credit that he’s being consistent, horribly—consistently horrible, but at least consistent, in contrast to these Democrats who, under Bush, were very ardent critics of the surveillance state, of secrecy, of the idea that journalists are criminals or leakers are criminals, who now have completely done a 180 reversal now that it’s a Democrat in office. And I can tell you that, by far, the most vehement and vicious attacks on our reporting and the stories that we’ve been writing come not from Republicans, but from Democratic partisans, both in politics and in the media."

- Glenn Greenwald, Democracy Now!, June 18

Jun. 20 2013 01:18 PM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.