The fallout from emerging technologies: Surveillance, social networks, and suicide

M. G. Michael, Katina Michael

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Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430 CE) [1] one of the most revered doctors of the ecclesia catholica, might not have been so highly esteemed had he flourished centuries afterwards in a world of uberveillance [2]. One of the unique aspects of Augustines life that endeared him to the community of the faithful, both past and present, was his rising up from the fornications [3] and the delight in thievery [4] to become a paradigm for both the eastern and western churches of the penitent who becomes a saint. But would the celebrated bishop and author of The City of God have risen to such prominence and reverence had his early and formative life been chronicled on Facebook and serialized on YouTube? Would Augustines long and grueling years of penitence and good works have been recognized? That we have his stylized and erudite Confessions on paper is another matter altogether; as to its impact, the written record cannot be compared to capturing someone in the act on closed circuit television (CCTV).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6017262
Pages (from-to)13-17
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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  • Social Sciences(all)


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