Having read about Eliot Spitzer and the “Spitzer Scandal,” so named by the Times this morning, I remain puzzled about one thing: do people in power not understand that, in this age of technology and information, they are being watched constantly? Do they not understand that the more power they wield the more people see what they do? The Spitzer business itself doesn’t surprise me in the least; there is a long history of men in power abusing that power and involving themselves in scandal. But what does surprise me is that he would think no one would know. With MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, wire-tapping, digital technology, microtechnology, surveillance cameras, the still-fresh Clinton/Lewinski scandal, and all variations of “the Press” aching for a story, it is a wonder to me how anyone with any amount of social or political influence would act outside ethical bounds and not expect to have someone find out. So here we have yet another example of a clueless idiot taking power in the United States thinking he is somehow above the law, somehow an Untouchable. This makes me sad for us.
Spitzer’s Surprise.13 03 2008