Your MetroCard is Watching You

The more technology seems to advance, the harder it is to get away from its watchful eye.  We cannot escape.  We cannot hide.  Every time you make a transaction at an ATM, the machine records that your account was accessed, at the exact time, at the exact place, with uncanny precision.  At a bank 100 years ago, do you imagine for a moment that the tellers were keeping track of every single transaction down to the second?  The New York City subway advertisements remind us that by buying a 30-day MetroCard, we are effectively paying less for using the subway now than we did in 1986.

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