A frequent letter writer to this newspaper expressed concerns about government interest in financial transactions and political beliefs of Americans. This seemed very odd to me given that:
Three credit companies regularly monitor all your financial accounts.
The banks issuing your credit and debit cards know every purchase you make.
Google knows every online keystroke you make.
Alexa hears every word uttered in your home.
Amazon knows what kind of boxers you wear.
And in case this isn’t enough information, most Americans invite the rest of the world into their lives through their social media feeds by:
Posting pictures of their food and descriptions of their vacations.
Identifying everything they like and dislike about what anyone else posts.
Forwarding political materials to a whole host of cyber friends (many of whom they have never met in person).
Distributing videos of the most mundane aspects of their lives across the world.
Etc., etc. etc.
If none of the above raises the letter writer’s concerns about anybody’s ability to access virtually anything about him, he might not worry so much about his next Venmo transaction. And if he is overly concerned that others have too much access to his political beliefs, he might refrain from airing them so publicly every week in this newspaper.
Or maybe he just likes to complain about his issue du jour.