Big brother activities…

big brother 5 Big brotherDr. Michael J. O’Connell, New Hampshire agrees that it is somewhat unsettling that the NSA and CIA have access to so much, perhaps most, of our internet and telephonic activities.  All in the name of fighting terrorism and perhaps crime in general.  It is also unsettling that on practically every city street corner, there is camera surveillance.  Again, in the name of public protection.

Many ideologues, such as Slavoj Zizek believe that such Big Brother activities are not simply invasive, but nefarious.  Interesting that Zizek, a well-known castigator of ideologues, should himself delve into fanciful speculation of the use of information for fomenting evil.  A perfect definition of an ideologue HE is.  In his recent documentary, “The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology,” he presents a couple instances in which citizens in this country were arrested and detained for something they had written in an email or text.  This activity certainly gives one pause, but is that reason to believe there are widespread incarcerations of totally innocent people?  Where’s the evidence of that, aside from his several examples, all of whom were released after questioning?

Regardless of whether history will prove this huge information harvest to be an overall public benefit, an evil trap, or just a general but tolerable nuisance, it should send a wakeup call to all users of social media.  As an employer of over 200 people, I am amazed at the comments made available on Facebook by many of them.  Maybe it’s time to think before posting.big brother 6


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:

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