"377 counts of jaywalking, 1,298 instances of speeding, 3.275 ounces of known marijuana consumption..."
It's almost as if the rules were put in place to serve as grounds for future blackmailing of the masses, but I'm not going to tell you I actually believe that.
After badging this post earlier today, during a colloquium lecture introduction, the speaker/guest looked out at a video camera mounted on a tripod and said, "Oh no, you're not recording this, are you?". It was just a guy with an amateur setup, most likely associated with the university, and he says, "Yeah... do you mind?", to which the speaker responds, "Well, it's going to change the content and tone of the presentation, but if you insist...", and the camera kept on rolling with nary another word said about it. The speaker clearly had a great sense of humor, and I found myself wondering throughout the lecture if I was missing any laughs as a result of the filming.
So I think yes, there is a pervasive fear of digital immortality. Modest Mouse has this song with the lyrics "We have one chance to get everything right...", which (I believe) is more or less the way we've structured American society. Framing that in combination with an ability to record relatively boundless data forever is terrifying, yeah. Personally, I do feel some paranoia and despair that I can't find good reason to reject as invalid.
There's a very delicate balance of trying to be an unassuming nobody not worth attention and attempting to infiltrate the ranks of the elite class, which is definitely a hobby of mine.