By Brett Voss
In the year 1984, Americans lived a relative utopian existence, citizens in a "prouder, stronger and better" country as Ronald Reagan began his second term as president of the United States of America. We lived in a world where individual freedom and privacy remained respected and cherished, in a world free from self-absorbing instruments like cell phones and the internet.
Ironically, the very tools we once thought drew the entire world closer together may end up being the very things to plunge us into total isolation. But first, the personal devices we create our own little worlds in will be used to take our individual privacy away as we collectively become wards of the state.
Now, fast forward to the present.
In the year 2013, we live in a dystopian world of perpetual war, under omnipresent government surveillance.
Sounds like a science fiction novel, doesn't it? But it's not. It's the reality we live in. Before long, we might even face the possibility of public mind control, dictated by a political system under the control of a privileged elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking.
But not so fast.
While news of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs continue to dominate the news, President Barack Obama's administration continues to insist there remains a thin line between individual privacy and national security. The President explains that "big brother" must watch over everything we do in order to protect us.