It’s a Rorschach trifecta for today’s technology world! An Ohio network engineer wore his Google Glass (turned off) in a movie because he has prescription lenses in them. An hour into the movie, he was pulled from his seat by the FBI at the behest of the “Movie Association” (the MPAA, in all likelihood) and questioned for over three hours. Once the agents downloaded and viewed the contents of the Glass (as he had been asking them to do), they agreed he had done nothing wrong, after which the MPAA guy gave him a pat on the head and four free movie passes. For self-awareness points, figure out what bothers you the most about this story: the heavy-handed FBI behavior, the response to potential movie piracy by the MPAA, or the wearing of Google Glass?
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The simple act of wearing glasses resulted in a huge invasion of a person’s life. And at most it would have been copying a film, not actual theft of property.(Because no matter how they try and spin it, the movie in the possession of the theater still existed).
This now seems to be okay with people – the Feds getting involved in what should at most be a civil action. But one where there is actually no prior evidence of any crime being committed.
Fascism has, amongst other definitions, included the collaboration between immoral corporations (not all companies are immoral, by the way) and authoritarian government in a totalitarian state. Looks like we will be fighting this battle a lot soon.