In chapter 5, Marcus is released from prison and he returns to his home. He starts up his self-constructed laptop and realizes that something is wrong with it after the power cord refuses to stay connected. He now realizes that the entire casing of the computer was no longer aligned properly. After his parents go to sleep, Marcus rises from his bed and makes room on his desk for his laptop. He removed the outer casing and realized that the keyboard and logic-board weren't connected properly. When Marcus looked more closely, he realized that there was something underneath the cord. It was then that he realized that his computer had been bugged. Doctorow then describes Marcus' overwhelming anxiety and paranoia taking over. This scene stood out to me because I recently wrote a paper on data mining in which I firmly presented my opinion that privacy should be completely discarded in order to maintain security. The panic that ensues Marcus' discovery completely opened my eyes to the seriousness of an individual's right to privacy. Clearly I was biased in the past in that I never dealt with a violation of my rights to the degree that Marcus had to endure. Marcus states, "I'd been feeling paranoid when I got home. Now I was nearly out of my skin. It felt like I was back in jail…". This comparison between a violation of privacy and jail depicts the seriousness of the situation.