Today in class while we were discussing the difference between surveillance, coveillance and sousveillance I thought of something: for as long a mankind has existed on this earth coveillance has always been present. The other two, surveillance and sousveillance, can only exist if there is an hierarchy between men. Sousveillance is the youngest of the pair and started coming up recently, due to the increasing power of ‘common people’. In the last few years we have become more and more critical about the world around us. We started to become more involved in for example politics and what is happening in the rest of the world. Mediatisation plays an important role in this all. Another result of this is the containment of our privacy. People these days often feel like their privacy is being violated by al the cameras on the street for example. Spinello claims that there are 3 things that define our privacy. The first thing is solitude (to be able to be alone), the second thing is secrecy (to be able not to tell everything), and the third and last thing according to Spinello is: anonymity. These three things may be jeopardized in today’s society sometimes, but I think we will always keep a certain form of privacy. I can’t imagine a world where everyone would know everything about everybody and I don’t think it’s ever going to go that far with the privacy issues of people. Some of you may disagree with me, and I would love to read other views on this very contemporary privacy issue.