by Cary C
While I cannot speak for the rest of my class, I personally like my privacy and I do not like that comments I may make on the Internet are now being indexed and made searchable. I understand that the Internet is essentially one large public community, but I think there is a point where you have to draw a line. As technology “progresses”, I feel more and more like I have my own collection of TMZ reporters following my every move. I am not vain enough to believe that people interested enough in my life to constantly follow me, but I do think the Internet is moving us closer towards a world where there will be less secrets and it might be impossible to tell a lie.
However, I am not entirely sure this is a good thing. I firmly believe that not all information should be made available on the Internet. I am not naïve enough to believe that it is as obviously national security issues are kept confidential, but a comment I might make on Facebook such as “Dude I am calling in sick tomorrow for work so we can hit the beach” is meant to be viewed only by its intended recipient. I certainly would not want that information to made public, and I cannot imagine that any readers of this blog would like it as well. While I appreciate the wealth of knowledge that the Internet has provided, and I will continue to use this information, I do think there are serious ramifications. For example, I recently was able to locate a girl I used to date more than twenty years ago. While I have nothing malicious intended, I am concerned that I was able to find her new-married name, the cities she has lived in since I last saw her, her phone number, and her address. All of this was public information, and it took me about five minutes to get it all. I just hope there are not any ex-girlfriends of mine looking for me who might have bad intentions.
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