Edward Snowden…

SnowdenDr. Michael J. O’Connell, PainCare, New Hampshire commented that ever since Edward Snowden pilfered secret documents from the National Security Agency (NSA) and subsequently leaked same, the media has been consumed with the reality that consumer information about us being sold to companies we don’t even know about.  Duh…

Anyone who does even a slight amount of online research or buying, knows that suddenly following making an online purchase, advertisements mysteriously appear in our email box or as Google adwords.  So, connecting the dots, there is a huge data mining operation through data brokers whose sole purpose in life is to characterize us as mountain climbers, or couch potatoes, or cyclists, or tennis players, or movie goers, or executives, or physicians, or dentists, or nurses, or even as gay or straight – with the ultimate goal to better target you and me for marketing products which we prefer, or might be more likely to buy.

All of this has me asking the obvious – what on earth is the big deal?  The same practices have gone on in neighborhood stores when us baby boomers were kids.  Why stock those awful pieces of candies (like those multi colored buttons stuck to strips of paper and half the time the paper was consumed as much as the candy) when most of our gang hated them.  Consequently, those candies disappeared, and the long strings of red licorice appeared, which we eagerly devoured, and then the grocer stocked them.

Tell me, how all this electronic information is any different, aside from being a little more accurate as it applies to the individual?  Why is the same info, now e-information, considered nefarious, destructive or injurious to us?  Why are we so unnerved by it when it has been happening on a smaller scale all our lives?  It could even be argued that the information gathering is beneficial to us by making it easier to browse for products and services, and even to price compare.

Sometimes I am befuddled by the group ignorance and hysteria in a well educated, thinking society.  Maybe, maybe it’s NOT.

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see: https://michaeloconnellmdnh.wordpress.com/

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