In the same way, when it comes to privacy as a political issue beyond personal concerns, there is always, as with most political issues, a minority who care and are aware, and a larger group who are indifferent. While the young may be less politicized in general than older people, once again, that’s not the same as a generational shift.
There are no doubt many parties, such as advertising companies, that would like to cement the impression that a new generation is coming up that doesn’t care about silly old privacy concerns—and by implication, that those concerns are a purely culturally relative, fuddy-duddy relic of our pre-information-age past. It’s true that many privacy invasions are silent and invisible, and only a minority of people will know and care about them. But where the rubber hits the road and people are aware of their loss of control over how they are seen by others, people of all ages will always assert their need for privacy in the strongest way.
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