"A man's intelligence is inversely proportionate to the complexity of his watch."
I think this quote comes from a Kurt Vonnegut novel. If not Vonnegut, than certainly Douglas Adams.
Things have become even more certain since the first time I read that back in high school. One can replace the word "watch" in this with the words "phone", and "television" as well, even "computer". The more consumerist AMericans became after WWII the more we gave up caring about truth, and our liberty. As a whole this country no longer really cares where their food comes from, or even, to a large degree, what it is made of as long as the packaging is pretty and it taste is acceptable. Football scores, and the latest Hollywood gossip became more important than laws being passed, wars our nations was being thrown into, and poisons we are being fed. Our students slowly devolved from some of the top graduuates in the wolrd to kids barely able to read and write, but who had great self esteem.
But by golly most everyone has to have the latest greatest Smart Phone, Smart Television, and Chromebook computer on the market. Doesn't matter how easy it makes things for the government, and Lord only knows what other social programming, consumer manipulative organization, and morally bankrupt computer geek, to spy on you and collect the most personal information about you, you have the BEST! ""A man's intelligence is inversely proportionate to the complexity of his watch."
I read that quote a different way. I didn't think first about a time piece, but about a watchman or the night's watch. The complexity or simplicity of the circumstance sometimes determines how a person or a people are judged in hindsight. Sometimes the wise or brilliant decision happens to be the one we're reduced to when we can't find any choices.
You are correct, Big Brother is watching. On the upside of the discussion is the value of facial recognition software and the myriad of cameras on business fronts and interiors, dash cams, phone cams, security cams. Yes this is an infringement on our personal lives.
However, it is also an infringement on the freedoms of wanted criminals and suspects. The flood of ILLEGALS into Canada, thanks to the TURD, has also brought criminality. Canadians innocent lives are at an end. Vigilance is the key. Gee, who would ever guess that ILLEGALS would do illegal things?