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Outsourcing

I believe outsourcing is detrimental to US economy. It takes many jobs that could readily be done by Americans. Outsourcing only leads to unemployment. Raising unemployment, all in the name if saving money. Outsourcing can be for any business, there is always a cheaper way for a large company to do something. Outsourcing itself has not directly affected me yet, other than having to deal with phoned in technical support from other countries and from other people that clearly cannot speak English. It very well could affect my future though. I am an information technology major, and information and technology both have very outsourceable jobs. Programming and information tech in general can easily be done by skilled enough programmers elsewhere. I would hope that in the future corporations will find a way to make hiring Americans to do these jobs more profitable.

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Wearable Technology

I believe that wearable technology is 100% the way of the future. There is a reason the wrist-communicator is a staple of futuristic science fiction. Wearable computing is the direction that technology is rapidly heading and will eventually become the norm. People are obsessed with trying to make technology smaller and more convenient/user intuitive. The move to wearable technology will soon be viewed comparable to the move from home phones to cellular phones. The next most convenient place to put technology is somewhere theres no way to lose it, and additionally allows you to be hands-free opening a wide range of multitasking. Several real-life complication can also arise. Wearable technology can reduce the capacity to have private conversations what with it being furhter away from your ear. I don’t think surveillance would change in anyway because they already track you and know what you do on your phone, I cant imagine they would treat wearable technology any differently. It could also pose a danger in real life interaction. Google glass in particular conjures up thoughts of people playings apps and searching the internet while driving. Aside from making it illegal, which it certainly will be, there arent many ways to stop people from doing this. Stupid people will be stupid.

Public Personal Information

Is it okay for the government to access our personal information? In most situations, I say of course not. If we have private locked down information that is promised to be secure, than no, I do not think the government or anyone should be allowed to see or access that kind of information. However, if they information that is being seeked it PUBLIC, I dont really see a problem with it. WHen you put information out for the public to see, you leave it there for ANYONE to see. Including the government. In almost any situation where you are required to submit or post private information, you are given the option to hide it, or keep it private. 

Pieces of information I consider private are my address and all aspects of it, my credit card information, my internet traffic, and what I download. I also consider private messages or direct messages secure. I would alaso consider emails, texts, and phone calls private. Any information that I put on the internet, but choose to classify as PRIVATE should be private.

 

I dont think that corporations shouldnt use public social media information. I think social media is one of the best if not THE best ways to conduct market research. I DO think that it is okay for the government to review social media situation if it is already public. If the rest of the world can see it, the government can too. BUT, i do not support the government delving in further than normal eyes can see.

Illegal Downloading

Illegal downloading is somewhat of a mixed barrel. There’s no clear way to feel about it, to me at least. It is entirely true that in terms of music, movies, and other forms of entertainment, that people worked hard to produce a work which they should be compensated for. It is not at all a victimless crime. I would say the biggest victim would be the music industry. Illegal downloading and file sharing distribution has single handedly killed the music industry. The amount of records an artist sells these days is nil compared to even 15 years ago. Illegal downloading will also make the downloader the victim if caught, with the fine of downloading illegal music at $250,000 per FILE. Downloading a single album can cost you over a million dollars. These charges are meant to make examples of the people they do catch, but they are ridiculously overpriced. 

Illegal downloading isn’t entirely a bad thing though. While maybe not a good thing, illegal downloading has become the new standard of measuring TV show popularity. Game of Thrones has become the most pirated files on the internet over the last few years. Netflix uses top torrent files in choosing which TV shows they acquire for their streaming service. Some people use illegal downloading as a form of protest. It is well known that when purchasing music from less popular bands, the record company gets most of the money, especially when bought digitally, the standard nowadays. Illegal downloading has generated immense popularity for bands that would otherwise never receive it. Illegal downloading has also opened access to music that people in some parts of the world would never have access too. For example, say the band Weezer releases a new record that you buy. Two weeks later, Weezer releases the  same album in Japan with two Japan-Only deluxe bonus tracks on that edition of the CD. It is the only legal way of obtaining the songs, and the cost of a deluxe physical album, imported from Japan, after converting currency, ends up being far too much money to obtain two songs. Does that make it right? Absolutely not. But it might persuade the music industry to adapt to the times; change. 

Is illegal downloading the same as stealing? That is a hard question to answer. Do I think it is? Yes. I believe that if you are going to download a file illegally, and you keep it/enjoy it, you should buy it to show real support for the artist.