Blown To Bits Reflection

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Chris Elliott
2/23/15
CIS 490- Computer Ethics SP Sleasman

Blown to BITS
Hall Abelson, Ken Ledeen, and Harry Lewis: Blown to Bits, Your life, Liberty, and Happiness after the Digital Explosion, 2008, creates awareness of the technological advances the good and bad then points out the political side of these technologies, but also offers ways to protect yourself. The chapter begins with a few moralistic insights towards technology stating that technology is not a gain that is good or bad – Any technology can be used for good or ill, it can empower us or keep us on a short leash. Second I think is what these authors were getting at with the subtitle “Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness after the Digital Explosion”, with all this technology, brings social change that lead us to both risk and opportunities. It’s really up to us and these public organizations as to whether these advances will be used for good or ill and your either going to gain from technology or fall victim unfortunately (p.14). This book is mainly explaining how the digital explosion is reshaping the way we do things. It’s crazy how unaware a lot of people are including myself, technology is forming by the masses and regardless if we want it or not we need to be prepared and actually know what it’s doing to society we live in. The book states – the digital explosion is changing the world as much as printing once did- and some of the changes are catching us unaware, blowing to bits our assumptions about the way the world work. It goes one to state that now instead of mailing pictures all you need to do is place them on a picture site and anyone now can view them or how we give information away just we are offered something in return – And those are merely that are happening today. The explosion, and the social disruption it will create, have barely begun. (p. 3). The authors then discuss another big topic I thought was mind blowing but so true, privacy lost and abandonment. Privacy, now day’s

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