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October 11, 2007 MC 201: The Naked Crowd Posner vs. Rosen Posner is a cost-benefit analysis of how much we are willing to give up to maintain security – Rosen would say that Posner’s equation is wrong because he overestimates how much security is produced by limiting liberties Blob Machine vs. Naked Machine o People would choose the Naked Machine because they feel that it would be more effective. o Its not about whether it actually is more secure, but whether they feel more secure o P.5: “They describe a willingness to be electronically stripped by the Naked Machine as a ritualistic demonstration of their own purity and trustworthiness in much the same way that the religiously devout describe rituals of faith. They
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Unformatted text preview: don’t care, in other words, whether or not the Naked Machine makes them safer than the Blob Machine because they are more concerned about feeling safe than being safe” • We don’t even think about whether we are actually safe, it’s all about the feeling. We are not rational. • We obsess about little percentages in health issues. • We imagine things are going to happen to us because they are happening to someone else – television makes things seem more immediate than they are • We fix on low probability risks and obsess on it to too high a degree • The more we have control over, the more we obsess over the little that we don’t have control over • CC TV o What’s wrong with it?...
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