It’s been a little more than a year since my last blog post. Boy, what a lazy bum, huh?
Actually, the incentive that got me here today is Facebook’s reputation for an utter lack of respect for the privacy of its users’ data. Seems to have gotten them into some serious, and well-deserved, hot water lately.
It’s still in the early stages of development as I write this, but I’m hoping the 2016 election and the collusion of the Russian government, Cambridge Analytica and the Trump campaign to illegally affect its outcome contribute to the downfall of the most corrupt and criminally incompetent US presidency in history.
Of course, there are a plethora of other scandals in which Donald Trump is concurrently embroiled, but every little bit helps.
(Go, Mueller, go! Go, Mueller, go!)
Anyway, while related, that isn’t why I’m writing today.
Fact is, I’m a privacy junkie. A fact that has created a conundrum for me.
On the one hand, I find the level of privacy invasion committed by social media platforms, primarily Facebook, against their users’ personal data to be despicable. So much so that I’m inclined to completely delete my Facebook account to cut the flow of my misused data.
On the other hand, I’m also inclined to hold my nose and accept that invasion of my privacy, because Facebook is the main point of contact I have for so many of my friends and family. The social media phenomenon has become thoroughly ingrained in the collective psyche of the technology-dependent population of the world. So much so, that breaking free of that addiction would be painfully traumatic.
I’m torn as to whether I think that would ultimately be a good or bad thing.
The Internet would be fundamentally changed. It would likely revert back to the form it had before the advent of social media. A time when the Internet was used strictly as a medium for the dissemination of information and expansion of the marketplace. A marketplace that could not exploit our willingness to surrender our data privacy for the hypnotic allure of convenience. A marketplace that has shown time and again that it can’t be trusted with that access without far too many bad actors putting it to nefarious uses, as the Cambridge Analytica scandal has brought into sharp focus.
Trolls that skulk about the dark corners of social media would be forced to find other less easily abused outlets to anonymously spew their cowardly taunts and bullying. Else, go back to abusing themselves in their parents’ basements.
Our tech-savvy youth would be forced to lift their heads up from their phones and realize that there’s a real world all around them, waiting to take them back.
But that utopia will remain a fantasy unless I, and a critical mass of others, take that first step and #deletefacebook .
What to do… What to do…
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