Lessons from Research


Here’s what I’ve learned from my research:

  • Wireless communication is not secure
  • Cell phones can be eavesdropped on, hacked into or jammed (all of which is mostly illegal activity)
  • Land line phones are secure
  • Billions of eyes and ears are on the internet  (admittedly, this could be an advertiser’s/marketer’s dream or nightmare, but a drag on privacy or confidential communication — don’t we already know this?)
  • Snail mail is private, and is generally the most confidential
  • Low tech is the most secure way to communicate privately, e.g. first class letters, face-to-face.  
  • No matter how many sophisticated gadgets or electronics, cars or planes are available, espionage is still human-to-human or human vs. human
  • Computers and electronics can be effective tools in espionage but under human supervision (and interpretation).  They are not always the best tools.

Evan Quinn prefers a low tech life because he needs to maintain a low profile in his life.  He needs time to think, study music, practice music.  I realized that he would be a low tech guy, not only because of his experiences growing up in an America (in the future) where the government controls access to computers, internet, electronics, etc., but also because he needs the time to focus on his work as a musician and artist.  Evan owns one cell phone, which is very basic — without photo or video capability as the EU has outlawed it in the future — and one house computer where he has his internet account.  He is always behind in reading and answering his e-mail and prefers to receive first class letters or land line phone calls (in the future, videophone calls).  He watches the people around him, how gadgets and electronics have become an addiction, with treatment programs for it.  People use electronics to distract themselves from life, from the here and now. 

 Music maintains Evan’s humanity and keeps him grounded in a low tech, very human life.  He sees electronics as empty over-stimulation and overload.

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