Friday, October 28, 2011

World Wild West

Here are two interesting opinions on some of the true perils of social networks like Facebook. It’s not just the commonly toted problem that your feed might get bombarded with crazy over-sharers from people you haven't seen in a decade. It's pulling us all into the web, and we need to be mindful of what this new space is, and what are the hidden or unforeseen dangers and disadvantages.

It's not just that we volunteer too much information, but that someone gets to profit off of that. Not that what you say lives on forever, and employers can find it. But that you're being funneled into only being allowed to be one person, when that's not ever true.

We need to fight for the Wild West internet. We need Anonymous but we also need the EFF. We can be both cowboys and indians, we just need to make sure that nobody takes our guns away. Nobody takes that freedom and power away. And we all have to be vigilant, because I don't think it's necessarily a malevolent, profit hungry corporation that will do it. I think that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and sometimes (often times) the people in charge just don't get it. And don't or won't listen to those who do.

And in my opinion, these guys do:

You Are Not Facebook's Customer by Douglas Rushkoff.

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