But There's a Darker Side
There is, of course, a darker side to this. Mr. Smith directed me to a YouTube video featuring an interview he did with Alex Jones, host of Prison Planet TV, uploaded by The Alex Jones Channel. Jones expressed his worry that getting QR code tattoos sends us a giant step forward into Big Brother’s arms. You can dance with the devil, he warns, but you can’t change the devil, and he will in fact change you.
Consider whether the idea of having a QR code made into a tattoo takes us too close to the day of chip implantations that will limit our privacy and rights. Then what’s next? Jones fears Big Brother will track us and subject us to mandatory taxation that’s automatically extracted from our state-maintained financial accounts. At the very least, says Jones, they will wear away the average person’s resistance to such control tactics.
His points hold water. The government could probably invade all our private records, such as medical, financial, or legal backgrounds. Wait--don’t they do that already?
Mr. Smith countered that people will always insist on maintaining their individuality. He believes that QR code tattoos represent access to a cultural experience. The people who want to use them, he says, feel strongly about adapting a countercultural expression, and they really own the tattoo—they know how to rock it. QR codes can be altered, too, so that they no longer function. It was an interesting, amicable exchange of point versus counterpoint, well worth watching.