A thought provoking and articulate post, and prompts me to ask myself: how many human brains/eyeballs are actually studying us vs. massive amounts of data stored in huge computer databases for later retrieval/human perusal if necessitated to do so? I've been researching the subject since this post and it's indeed something of relevance in today's world. Thanks to the OP.
For one, we (personally) wouldn't amount to the importance of scrutiny, yet the days of privacy are obviously long gone. When looking at our appliances, entertainment and communication devices, my reaction is:
Actual reality vs. virtual is of more concern to us, yet do hope for some changes rolling back invasions to privacy. Not likely unless an EMP event happens which would be worse.
Just a simple tradesman's 2¢.
I actually understand your ability to be unconcerned. Hehe...which doesn't seem like myself since I wrote the OP suggesting the opposite.
When I began to learn about these things, my immediate INSTINCT not just a thought pattern was to limit my data food print stored or communicable as much as possible until I get a much better eye on the "other side." I would spend several years thinking it out, studying this and that, and then finally I can see from my high ground or "high ground enough" exactly where that "phenomenon" is posted that we would refer to as the "other side."
The things that I've researched though are not simply computer based in nature. Most of my research is political, economic, and military based now and historically. That is the area where I dredged. I went as deep as the logicality of the "mental civilization" not simply their statistical outputs and considering all categories of people not simply "the favorites projected on mainstream TV sets and music."
In the end the "element" that the thread is about is more of an informational and logic phenomenon not just a "who's who" somewhere that would or would not be monitoring you or I. Think of that "element" like any other element such as the weather or natural disasters or meteorites. That element is something that people who carry firearms concealed understand whether in a security force outfit or not. People who have an armed home understand "that element."
If you look out there beyond your windows at first glance, you might see a large place where it is so big and anonymous that no one would ever appeal to picking on you for any reason. "It just seems unlikely." This is the raw take and the wrong on at that.
1. Looters, murderers, citizens or law enforcement assist. Even a crook can be a victim of a killer, so it is imperative to be a statistical number that is defended regardless of occupation.
2. A land of undefended people always as certain as the cold front moves in over the land every year be reigned on by genocide and enslavement under totalitarian and eugenical orthodoxy. So a land which owns more firearms than all of the standing military regimes in the world combined would be a formidable force in those regards. People can say that "their own country wouldn't do that," but the fact is there is probably about 1/4 of the population out there right now that would stand by a rolling ideological movement to wipe out some other "pattern of people" whether it be their visual patterns, verbal patterns, where they are from, or what they think like. How do I know this? You only have to read about history enough to realize that that "cornering the other kind in order to loot all they have including dignity to show their own kind that they are qualified in their social upstanding sort of like a right of passage or initiation...is a very common phenomenon. I mean this is such a signature phenomenon about the human nature that it is occuring right now in schools all over the place to varying degrees.
I won't get into the phenomenal mechanisms that work like clockwork time and time again in everyday life and in historical significance, but there is a process that repeats itself over and over again.
That is an element. It is a social fact which is a truth dealing with groups of people not just one person. We are an element.
So when it comes to making sure you are aware and defended in your electronics and computer devices or arsenal, it's best to lean on the side of the statistic that is of the "IT defended" rather than the "IT undefended," and spread that ideology around to others.
There is a certain respect and forbidding fear that surrounds someone, anyone that has a superior knowledge of electronics and IT. That's a kind of person that people understand that if is crossed, they might be getting a visit from an IT ghost of some kind moving through their devices.
Yes, this "element" reaches to the law enforcement and military. The element reaches to the business industry.
The element is real, and when the element is armed with this IT phenomenon in everything and anything electronic, then it is your duty and obligation to reply in kind. None of these establishments can afford to be unarmed in the face of an IT armed element, so how can a public citizenry?
One of the problems that I see or "social factors" is that there were many wars and crimes fought before advanced technology caught on. For instance the harder iron tech did not catch on until there was heap of savagery with it including wars and crimes. Then when that harder iron caught on, there were guns. Guns were just fancy ol' thingies until there was a heap of crime and war with them. Then everyone had them, and any national population that gave them up was caught in genocides. Naturally every army and police for that didn't have them....you get the point.
Those wars, genocides, and are crimes are the advertisements to sell guns. Actually they advertise a lot more than just guns but all kinds of security tech and military/law armaments and tactics.
But what has not happened yet is an IT advertising occurrence that rifes the population so badly and so widespread that a bulk statistic says that they are IT savvy and IT defended. Meaning that there are so many of them in that mind set and making it a tradition that they pass from one generation to the next including classes about it and so forth that they become a force that governments have to acknowledge and play nicely with.
A phenomenon that occurred in the US was that the government forming couldn't overpower the people who had both more arms and more money combined that they did. They had to allow much more to the people than any other country ever, or they would not last long before someone would lead a revolution against them. That's not the case right now. The government has far more advanced technologies than the people and unlimited funds due to a global central bank empire on top of the lower usury banking systems on top of an international corporatocracy. So technically if they move against us.....we have little reply in kind for them, and that affects how they work.
Keep in mind that statistically the number one cause of human death even more than all combined wars and diseases are the governments over the top of their own citizens not including and "international conflicts."
So when the citizenry is looking at a hegemony in the face, the only question is what does it have to trade for peace in return. If it is not enough, a violent end might be what is delivered to that people. It's a military and law enforcement fact that peace cannot be bought with the threat of peace in exchange for violence and sabotage.
That "element" that is a real phenomenal piece of humankind has to see that trading peace for peace is a much more practical value than trading violence for everything they've got, or it's going to trade violence for everything they've got. They might trade sabotage, right? That is the most common course of action in regard to element armed with IT right now which is manipulating information. We haven't really ran up into the violent era yet, but that doesn't mean that for someone somehow that is not economically feasible to begin, and when that kind practice catches wind, it spreads like wildfire just like hard iron spread and guns spread etc.
So I see it in the opposite way as you do. I look at the lock pickers that actually have international competitions and are used by lock companies to see if they can crack their locks and so forth because they are lifetime experts. Why do that? Actually that's not the logical question to ask them about their logicality. The right questions is, "Why not do that?" There is no reason not to per their world and self views.
And as long as that is the nature of IT pros around the world, then there are people armed with IT. The element grows around that technology as more generations are born into it, and, "Why not fortify your element by IT with savvy in it?"
What's obvious to me is that this kind of anthem is something that requires years in the making so much so that it can become something of a family or community tradition in a sense. It's just such a big area of understanding with tech advancing all of the time that is quite a bit to keep up with that it requires a social knitting of some kind that spans across many people's perceptions as they bring to the table what they have thought or discovered which other people probably haven't yet, so that everyone can "arm their element" with that new understanding or even basic understanding as everyone starts from know nothings.
This is another element that is core about humankind and is actually even more powerful than the other I mentioned as long as it is equipped with practical wisdom and knowledge sets that constitute a behavior that is formidable against that other element when it arms itself against them time and time again as history and common nature shows.