Have 'reality' TV shows made Generation Y more accepting of surveillance? For two generations, the concept of a 'Big Brother' constantly watching us has been a staple of political discourse, with the unquestioned assumption that it would be a Bad Thing, that no one (except the Government/Giant Faceless Corporations/Sauron who do it) could possibly like.
There's other evidence of this. Webcams, for example. I cannot imagine owning a webcam. Yet lots of people, almost always younger people, do. And they're not all underdressed camgirls with long Amazon wish lists.
One thought that occurs to me is that the concept that constantly being under observation is bad may be a notion peculiar to the West, and the nuclear family, where everyone has their own room. In societies with extended families, limited income and cramped living quarters, being 'under surveillance' by everyone from younger siblings to a bunch of aged aunts and grandparents, close to 24 hours a day, may be considered completely normal. The concept of privacy may be a peculiarly Western construction.
Not that I'm against it, mind you. I am an intensely, even pathologically private person. I'm just saying that the concept of privacy as the US understands it may be a societal preference, not a universal human norm. How much of it we want may vary greatly, not just between societies, but within one society, from one generation to another.
句切り == kugiri == punctuation, pause
|口 is 'mouth/say'. The other element means 'cover/wrap/encircle'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Mouth wraps itself around phrase.'|