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Technology's Contribution To The Scourge Of Identity Theft

An essay about my burgeoning belief in the inimical properties of contemporary technology; and how we should reevaluate the implicit trust that we have seemed to place in it as a society; and reexamine our beliefs in it. A harbinger of the apparent erosion and coming erasure, the deletion of common sense as a means to protect ourselves from that which could be nefarious-of the naivete of these cynical times.

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Technology is too prevalent today and its prevalence gives man a feeling of immense and absolute power and dominion that he otherwise has little to no right to feel, think, believe, or exercise. Technology, or should I say TECHNOLOGIES, being that they are multifarious and nefarious, many of them, is a double-edged sword, one which has both benefits and harsh disadvantages to bestow to a world not quite ready for it. The interdependence of the metaphorical wall of free speech, and all the linked bricks being necessary to the freestanding structure and stationariness of it, that is one thing, and a good one; but the interdependence and connectedness of technology, that is a thing to be either feared, cautious about, or at least to study, reevaluate and be wary of. It is not something in which to trust wholly and completely, devoting even the energies and reality of one's very life to the protection thereof; or, put another, better way, to entrust the sanctity and security of one's life to it is foolhardy and hazardous at best. In these days, for one to put much more than a modicum of their trust in any one or anything is almost suicidally stupid and self-destructive. While it doesn't necessary append itself perfectly to my theme of technology as being a hindrance of free speech, it does lend itself to the greater, broader supposition (which has perforce become a truism in these times) of technology being like a beast that one must be wary of at all times, or it will ensnare or even destroy them; and to that end, I should like to advance my thoughts regarding the contemporary scourge of "identity theft." Now, we all know, these days, what identity theft is: It is the pilfering of our identity, our name and certain vital personal information about ourselves, by foul, vile, cruel and otherwise lazy people, thieves and liars, who, obtaining just the merest amount of the information necessary to doing so, usurp our identities and steal our monies. This is a horrible scourge, but common sense says it is easily preventable, but that no man with discernment has yet approached the problem pragmatically. Yet, I, casting myself herein in the role of modern-day sage (a Solomon for these troubled times, and a salve for the afflictions that oppress it and the people therein it), can put forth my theory, or at least my criticism, of this vile contemporary transgression: Simply, any credit card company or bank receiving applications or otherwise from two people of the same name, and same SSN (Social Security Number), yet having two different addresses, if said had administrators and monitors possessing half a brain, they would notice at once that something was, as they say, "fishy." For something indeed would be in that scenario...yet, as I am given to understand it, is not that the very scenario (excepting the presence of a discerning and more than half-brained administrator/monitor) I just described not the very same one that is reenacted all throughout the length and breadth of this fair country of ours, thousands of times almost every single day? Yes, it is! And it must be, and can quite easily be stopped. And this is where technology proves itself to be more a double-edged sword than ever before, for it is the enabler of the crime, but it can also be the hindering agent, putting a stop to it! (Albeit, there is an even simpler way to prevent these foolish, unnecessary and utterly preventable crimes: Simply, do not use credit cards, put your personal information anywhere on the Internet, nor make yourself, by immersing yourself entirely and trustingly in every single oft-vile facet of our technology-ridden world, a victim! For by trusting implicitly in all this patently extravagant nonsense, you are a mark: You are victimizing yourself, enabling others to pick and tear off of you, as if you were an animal carcass on the African savannah. And that is an apt way to view it, too: That the identity thieves and hackers and all their cowardly, vile, indolent, predatory ilk, are scavengers and carrion fowl, such as buzzards and vultures, and you who are preyed upon by them are the carrion at which they would pick.) There are probably a million other examples of the intrusiveness and burgeoning inimical and predatory properties; of the dangerous duplicity and duality, the innate and intrinsic good and evil; of the manifold technologies that encroach upon us and our personal space and the decency and intellectual, godlike sublimity of our humanity: of our inherent ability to discern, to choose, to decide, to determine which is the better way to go, to everything that makes us human and nearly divine: but I think that that of identity theft and technology's contribution and utter enabling of it (no; not just its enabling, but its very creation, for it could not exist save for the presence and aegis of technology), is a good enough example to prove my point regarding the nascent corruption of these latter-day technologies and the erosion of common sense, and the promulgation of the dearth of all we as humans hold most dear and most precious and essential to our very humanity, and that is a very sobering and terrifying thought, but one which the overwhelming congeries of evidence will not permit to be gainsayed, and that is why I foster and encourage the necessity for a reevaluation of that unreliable and often predatory thing in which we as a society have placed the majority of our trust: technology, which has become a stupefying, corrupting and infernal thing, and besides which, is utterly superfluous to the overt and general simplicities and basics of human life. And as such, I rail against and declaim and denigrate and defy and renounce it, utterly. For I know that I am right in my speculations, as much as a Jeremiah they may seem to make of me; and however much as a jeremiad they would seem to make of my writings railing against them.

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