For some reason, this week’s launch of the Apple iWatch is eagerly awaited – presumably by the same load of brain dead nerds that queued for hours in the pouring rain to be the first to own a new iPhone?
Well, I won’t be buying one and wouldn’t have one if you gave it to me for free and I’ll tell you why.
Let me ask you a simple question. Would you pay money to wear a tag on your ankle like the ones that prisoners on licence are required to wear? Would you wear one for free if offered? Well, no, of course you wouldn’t. And that’s because it tells the powers that be exactly where you are 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
And this isn’t some kind of looney conspiracy theory. You stick an iWatch on your wrist and you are allowing constant monitoring of your movements.
Now given the ‘War on Terror’ and the strains on our security services, this might actually be a good think from one point of view. But not from mine. It’s an infringement of my personal freedom. It’s undemocratic. It’s Big Brother by the back door.
And that’s why I’m not paying Apple £249 to provide me with an Orwellian tagging device…