If you are somewhere around my age, you may remember a TV show called "I've Got A Secret".
Each round was a guessing game where the panel tried to determine a contestant's "secret". The concept of a "secret" was fairly wide reaching. Secrets were always intended to be unusual, amazing, embarrassing or humorous. They commonly included such types as something which happened to a person, owning something, or an occupation, hobby, achievement or skill.
One or more contestants would enter. The host would introduce the contestant or ask their name and hometown. He would then ask them to "whisper your secret to me, and we'll show it to the folks at home." The contestant would then ostensibly whisper their secret to the host, while the audience and viewers were shown the secret via text overlay on the screen. Then the host would give the panel a clue, for example, "the secret concerns something that happened to [Contestant's Name]." The host would then select a panelist to begin questioning. This show stayed on the air for about 15 years. It aired in 1952 and ended in 1967. I remember watching it off and on over the years it was aired, and thought it was just an ok show. The thing I didn't like about it was that the viewers at home knew the guest's secret. We were only entertained by watching the panelists try to guess the secret. Kind of boring.
I think I would trade "boring" now for what appears to be an invasion of privacy.... to me anyway. I went last week to check into getting a lower insurance rate for us on cars, etc. I was floored when all I gave the man was my name and social security number (not even my husbands) and he pulled up everything he needed to know. There was so little conversation or exchange of information via paperwork . It all happened within about 30 minutes. He simply made a few comments as he saw all of our personal business before him on the computer screen. "Aww...your birthday is coming up soon." "So you had some hail damage in 06" He pulled up a drawing of our home and just verified everything about our home that he could already see on the screen. I once had to have a back ground check several years ago for employment and breathed a sigh of relief when I cleared. (Not that I am a criminal mind you...ha) You also have to get clearance now if you want to tour The White House, which we did a few years ago. We got clearance I mean, but we never got to go on our trip.
Another thing that happened last week was that I had showed up for a Doctor's appointment to the wrong building. When I asked a receptionist about it she told me that Dr. had moved and said she would call them to let them know I would be a little late. All I gave her was my name. I get in the car and my cell phone rings and it was the receptionist letting me know she got a hold of the Dr.'s office and told them I would be late. I wondered how she knew my cell no. She found it on the computer, through my files at that location. I know that... but it just seems weird that things can be found out so quickly and easily via the information highway these days.
I hope we are heading in the right direction with all of this. It really scares me sometimes if I think about it too long.
A future game show could be called "I Know Everything About You". How could that be any fun though. No mysteries left to solve. Does this mean I won't be able to enjoy my favorite mystery novels.