A Thought Experiment: A World With Absolutely No Privacy

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by bobber205, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. bobber205 macrumors 68020


    Nov 15, 2005
    To ensure no privacy, pretend we lived in a world where EVERY action you ever took, from cradle to grave, was recorded both in text and video.

    And everyone had free and unlimited access to this data.

    How do you think it would change our world? Maybe our very humanity?

    I've been thinking about this quite a bit lately, but I feel like many of the problems in this world are caused by too much secrecy and an insistence on privacy.

    Would privacy have any meaning if *no one* had it? Would we be more free to just be ourselves? Since no one could hide their true intentions, maybe we could all just be true selves?
  2. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

    Zombie Acorn

    Feb 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    More free porn.

    Seriously though, a world without privacy would suck, thats not really deep by any means, but I don't want people in my business and I am sure they appreciate the same.

    I don't really mind public cameras though, just not in my house/on my property.
  3. bobber205 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Nov 15, 2005
    Lol @ the porn comment. True. :D

    But would you mind a lack of privacy if no one else had any?
  4. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Yes, I would. I have no desire to live my life in a fishbowl.
  5. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    How would that work?

    If Bob spends his day monitoring Jane, would Jane be automatically notified (via email, or something)? Or does Jane have to proactively check up on everyone else in the world to see who's been monitoring her (like Googling "who's been watching me today", or something)?

    It could get a bit overwhelming (keeping on top of everything, that is) so perhaps folks wouldn't bother? And so privacy would gradually creep back?

    Interesting experiment.
  6. Ttownbeast macrumors 65816

    May 10, 2009
    Imagine if our every thought was shared unabridged?
  7. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2005
    I would be more bummed about the destruction of all my fantasies.

    Whats the point in wondering what that girl looks like w/o clothes if you can just google it. Imagination is always more fun in the long term :)
  8. bobber205 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Nov 15, 2005
    Good point. To make sure there was NO privacy, others would have to be able to know what you've searched for as well. Which could easily be parsed to see who was looking at you as well.
  9. Ttownbeast macrumors 65816

    May 10, 2009
    You can hope that imagination becomes reality at least....never know what kind of freak you pick up at last call may go home with you :D
  10. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    I would hate it. I value my privacy. I have hobbies and interested I rather not let the world know.

    None of them are illegal but they are personal.
  11. Sydde macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2009
    This was the subject of a science fiction story some years back: a time-viewer allowed people to gaze into the past - but they were never able to perfect it, after about half a century back, its images became impossible to discern. However, it worked just beautifully for yesterday or an hour ago.

    People would eventually get used to it. Stare at or watch a lot of porn and eventually it becomes boring. Everyone would mostly become indifferent.

    At least there would be no more tan lines.
  12. 63dot macrumors 603


    Jun 12, 2006
    It would lose its novelty quickly. If anything, it would show how much people are alike as opposed to how unique we think we are.

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