Privacy in a Digital Age
Last night I discovered through a friend that a series of pictures of me have made their way onto facebook. They were of me with a couple of friends at one of those golf outings where they auction off attractive girls to be your caddies for the day. Nothing particularly scandalous about them, and I imagine most of the people who see them would have the same reaction my friend had which was "damn, looks like you had a lot of fun". Yet my initial reaction was irritation and the more I think about it, the more irritated I get.
I do not have a facebook account, I do everything I can to avoid facebook simply because I don't think everyone I know needs to know everything I do. If I want to share the story of the golf outing with someone I will share it. It doesn't need to be broadcast out to everyone, especially since many people have fb friends that number well into the hundreds or even thousands where they barely know most of them. Heck, I know some people that could probably walk right by half their fb friends and not even recognize that they know them.
The problem is that everyone has a phone on them 24/7 and all of those phones have cameras. It is impossible to avoid having your picture taken, it is impossible to prevent it from being uploaded and someone is most likely going to tag it. You don't really want to be that dick who says, "don't take my picture" and ruins a good time making a big deal out of a stupid picture. But, please don't take my picture.
Am I crazy or does anyone else feel the same way I do?
It was morality that burned the books of the ancient sages, and morality that halted the free inquiry of the Golden Age and substituted for it the credulous imbecility of the Age of Faith. It was a fixed moral code and a fixed theology which robbed the human race of a thousand years by wasting them upon alchemy, heretic-burning, witchcraft and sacerdotalism.-H.L. Mencken