Trent Hazard Writes


Writer. Futurist. Analyst. Developer of intelligence systems and processes. Lives at the intersection of technology, security, and very bad intentions. @TrentHazard Guestbook

Living in Fear

MIT Technology Review has an interesting piece on a professor who asked his students to give up their cell phones for 9 days and then document their experiences. This bit stood out:

"What’s revealing is that this student and others perceived the world to be a very dangerous place. Cell phones were seen as necessary to combat that danger. The city in which these students lived has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and almost no violent crime of any kind, yet they experienced a pervasive, undefined fear."

Just how pervasive is this undercurrent of fear? How is it impacting our social fabric? Our politics? I'd love to see more work in this area that is focused on the underlying dynamic instead of being disjointed and primarily issue driven - a catalog of American fears. One thing is certain; Russian intelligence currently understands this better than Americans do themselves

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