#40: AM in the AM Things of the Year Holiday Spectacular

(Recorded December 20, 2014) This week AM in the AM’s Things of the Year Holiday Spectacular. We look back at 2014’s: (1) surprise; (2) sportsman; (3) outrage/scandal; (4) comeback; (5) American politician; (6) event; and (7) person of the year. Plus, we make predictions for 2015.

Image Credits: snow globe background

Theme music by ProleteR.

One thought on “#40: AM in the AM Things of the Year Holiday Spectacular

  1. Joseph Zlatnik

    Hey team:

    I just finished listening to the holiday special, and figured that I would reach out to thank you all for putting on a great show for the past year, and giving me something to think about each and every week on my ride to and from court. Keep the good stuff coming in 2012.

    This holiday episode also helped me solidify a concept that I had been ruminating about in my head for a while, but had a hard time really nailing down. I figure that I may as well throw it out there as a potential topic for you guys if you find it as interesting as I do:

    I think that many of the big stories of 2014 have had a uniting theme, and that theme is the evolving concept of privacy in this age. This year was bookmarked by two stories in which private communications were publicized (the disgusting conversation between Donald Sterling and his girlfriend, and the hacked SONY emails). All throughout the year, dozens of celebrities had their private photographs released on the internet against their will (you may recall the “fapocalypse”). Private citizens were not spared, as many women were subjected to the release of intimate photographs on “revenge porn” sites.

    The Edward Snowden news also highlighted two privacy issues: first, the government was collecting all our data, but second, even the government is not immune to security breaches. Technology companies have begun including encryption in their devices that prevents government access to private information. Judge Posner (who I assume Boris agrees with on this issue) even weighed in at a recent conference, and said that “privacy is overvalued”, and implied that a person would only be worried about privacy if that person had something to hide.

    Even issues that seemingly had nothing to do with privacy, such as the Michael Brown fiasco, caused public dialogue about privacy, with some advocates (whom I agree with) arguing for police cameras, while others were concerned about the privacy rights of officers.

    Is our society’s concept of privacy eroding? Are we getting to the point where we should consider conversations between friends and family subject to public scrutiny? Should the media refuse to release stolen private information? Has Pandora’s box been opened to the point where we should no longer have a reasonable expectation of privacy in anything on the internet? Does this stuff even matter, or am I exaggerating the issue?

    -JZ

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