I bought a Mac Book last week as part of a broader personal campaign to upgrade my technology and to improve my online presence. Starting up this machine was a bit of a shock. It was around 9 AM on Saturday morning and I was feeling relaxed and somewhat adventurous. I turn it on and find myself having to close it, tidy up my living room, take a shower, get dressed, and then return to the notebook. Why? Well, so that a decent picture could be taken. It had not occurred to me that by starting up this device I would be inviting the world into my living room last Saturday morning. It also hadn’t occurred to me that I might want to shower and dress before playing around on the computer, but this is the world we live in now. I used to log on in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep, but how can I do that now? Just because I need a distraction while I battle insomnia doesn’t mean I want the whole world looking into my bedroom in the middle of the night. I mean, how do I know for sure that this camera is off?
So, now I’ve turned into a weirdo with a piece of tape at the top of my notebook’s screen . . . because it's watching me.