ASI Issue | Cliff’s Edge

Cliff Goldstein

is editor of the Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide. His next book, Baptizing the Devil: Evolution and the Seduction of Christianity has just been released by Pacific Press.

​You’re Being Watched

Whether you deem Edward Snowden (the National Security Agency contractor who absconded with top secrets) a hero or a traitor, one thing is for sure. His treachery (or heroism) is another revelation of what we should all know by now: privacy in the twenty-first century is like rotary dial phones, eight-track cassette players, and Joe Camel ads on billboards.

However much our digital gizmos give us access to the world, they also give the world access to us. It’s Newton’s third law of motion, that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, only in the digital realm. To be wired to the world runs both ways.

Who, for instance, hasn’t …

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