TABOR - Tradition and Contemporaneity in the Romanian Orthodox Church
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Living under continuous monitoring: Identity, Transparence and Perichoresis
We live in what is becoming more and more intensely a monitored society. We want to know what others are doing. This espionage activity is practiced both on a personal and state level. The problem here is not only about the ability to spy and store information, but also about what kind of information is collected. While surveillance may be justified by the fact that it is a good tool against crime and terrorism, it can still be manipulated to change behavior or even create a certain kind of citizen. Technology also leads people to a lack of privacy and an abundance in displaying who they are, what they do and what they think, to the point where, in the digital environment, there is no shame and nothing is sacred. As we go deeper into the surveillance system and become more aware of it, we will become more concerned with our image rather than who we really are. Another aspect of this dual identity or identity change is related to the situation of the digital man permanently connected to devices and social media that determine how he wants to be perceived by the others.