Thursday, January 14, 2010
The Long Term Consequences of Over-Exposing Ourselves on Facebook
And here's why I'm glad I withdrew: an interview with an anonymous employee discussing how they store and profit from our data.
Meanwhile millionaire douche-bag and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is off at the Crunchie awards telling his audience why privacy isn't a social norm any more. See, that's why it's okay for him to make millions off our friend requests and profile pictures. And that's why it's okay for us to flash all our most intimate details to the world over a medium that copies, duplicates, and never forgets.
I guess Zuckerberg doesn't have a problem with the British government monitoring every call and email passing through their country. Nor is he concerned with the fate of the thousands of political prisoners around the world who might like some control over their personal privacy and dignity.
Not that those political prisoners were arrested for broadcasting their views on Facebook or Myspace. But with friends like Zuckerberg eroding the social norms around our Reasonable Expectations of Privacy, it won't be much longer until governments and courts feel they have a legitimate right to know every little thing about us, and prosecute when they disagree. After all, why shouldn't the goons get to violate our dignity and search our homes without a warrant? We've already put all of that stuff up on Facebook years ago!