There has now been for months endless reporting about the sensibility and security of the use of social media such as twitter, facebook, blogs etc.
Words like security and protection of personal liberties, freedom and the likes are thrown around with a voice of doom and warning.
OK- perhaps facebook has been bit blasé for not putting the required (by who’s standards?) security settings in place but it is not as if they have put guns to our heads to divulge our information in the first place…?
There have been numerous scandals in other areas where our private information have been mismanaged. I am of course referring to banks that have left our bank statements in plastic bags on the street for anyone to nose through. Also what about those instances where someone has left either a pc or other device on public transport containing information of customers, employees and the likes.
Going even further back nineteenth-century letters contained commercial, political, and academic business or about personal matters which may have been easily intercepted exposing the content. There have been books for example Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Purloined Letter” (1844) about a stolen letter containing compromising information and subsequently used in blackmail.
In my mind age old letter writing or today’s electronic media provide lifelines for many and the opportunity to interact with individuals one may not meet in what has become an unforgiving fast paced life. Although social media is not as eloquent as the communications of years gone by it provides a platform to discuss all current affairs. Anyone who is fortunate enough to have access to the internet can have a stab at it no matter how mundane or even illiterate you perceive yourself to be.
With the surge of electronic storage of data I don’t personally blame what is happening today but really am critical of the checks which should have been put in place since the inception of the internet in general.
It appears to be age-old human nature to wait until something critical happens, one example being the oilspill, and then resort to witch hunting.
Yes, hindsight is a wonderful thing. Use it!