Surveillance fears are causing people to be more cautious online — and that’s good


Almost half of Americans are increasingly cautious about their use of the internet following the NSA surveillance leaks, according to a Harris poll commissioned by security outfit ESET. This is pretty much what I and many others predicted when the agency’s data snooping scandal broke last year – an outbreak of self-censorship.

According to the poll, 85 percent of the 2,034 people surveyed were at least somewhat aware of the scandal. Of those, 47 percent (so 40 percent of the total) now “think more carefully about where they go, what they say, and what they do online.” Over a quarter of the 85 percent are now doing less online banking and shopping, and just under a quarter are “less inclined to use email.”

Though recent high-profile data breaches may also be a psychological factor, for the internet industry, this shows the worst effects of the surveillance scandal. As much as…

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Sociology Journal: Dialectic Reading on “Driving Discontinuance And Quality Of Life Among Elderly” by Joseph M. Pellerito Jr.


What questions did the text/chapter raise? How did the text answer this question? How does the answer match our own ideas and experiences?
What is driving retirement and what consequences exist for it? In the text, the discussion of driving retirement revolves mainly around both elderly men and women.  Driving retirement is the act of excluding oneself from driving a vehicle among society.  People who take themselves upon driving retirement are due to compulsory reasons (forced to quit driving) or voluntary reasons (because of known personal health factors for example).  From studies within the text, mostly negative consequences are associated with driving retirement.  Examples include, but are not limited to, the following: 1) diminished spontaneity, 2) feelings of being a burden on family members, and 3) a perceived loss of social status.  Also, both men and women perceive driving retirement differently.  Women see driving retirement having more of an impact…

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