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Friday, March 28, 2008

Big Brother Scanners

Every day, Michael plays James Bond, 007.

He goes in and presses his hand to a scanner that identifies him by a percentage. It records the time he arrives. When he leaves, he does it again, and it records the time he goes home.

He thinks it's a cool toy, a great game.

I think it's creepy. And lots of people agree with me.

Is it excessive?

I understand that it makes payroll much easier. I did payroll by hand for a company once, and it was the biggest pain in my a** and the thing I hated most about the job (aside from my boss!) But can't we just use key-cards or something?

What's next? Why don't we just put barcode tattoos on the backs of our necks, or maybe they'd like us to give a drop of blood every time we go into work?

It might be "fun" now... but it feels like a creepy slippery slope to me.


Amy said...

That is creepy. Rob uses a keycard with a barcode on it. Funny part is, he keeps it in his wallet, and rather than take the time to remove it, he often just leans his rear end into the scanner, so it is like he has a barcode tattooed there! It's funny as hell to watch...but scary when you think about it.

Ashley Ladd said...

We have to hand scan at my job. When it was first proposed a few years ago, most of the employees hated it, thinking it was demonic or at the very least unsanitary. But our employers insist and so we do it.

Lostcheerio said...

Ever seen Gattaca? :)

I had a friend in college who had a bar code tattooed on his neck. Back then it was irony.

CountryDew said...

The world is becoming a scary place! Well, actually it already is...