The concept of privacy today is much different than ever before. Privacy today is keeping your personal information to yourself. So much information about people is available on the internet, whether they like it or not. I’ve experienced this lack of privacy in my own life. For example, even though I don’t have a Facebook account, so much of my personal information has ended up on there just from other people posting things. It is almost like if you choose to be an active person and go out and do things, others will see it or find out about it online. It is my own choice to not have a Facebook, however, many of my friends and family members do have accounts. And through them, pictures of me are posted on Facebook. Then, as a result, random people I know can end up finding out where I was, what I was doing, and who I was with all because a friend posted pictures of us. I would consider this very un-private, especially since I try to keep my life private and offline. I personally feel that it is almost as if there is no preventative action or anything I can do without people somehow knowing more about my life than I bargain for. What I have concluded is that by putting something on the internet, even if the account is set on “private,” it will always lead to the possibility of other people finding out things you might not want them to.
When I was reading that article “10 People Who Lost Jobs Over Social Media Mistakes,” it hit me. For example, it mentions how a teacher who had her account on private was still asked to resign because other teachers whom she was friends with saw everything (like pictures of her drinking and partying) which led to the principal seeing it. So even though this account was “private,” people she wouldn’t want seeing the account still saw it. I personally find it hypocritical for a person to have any social media and yet want their life to be private. It’s kind of like if you are going to put yourself out there in any way at all, you need to expect an invasion of privacy. In the article “Making Sense of Privacy and Publicity” I found it dead on when the author stated that, “…privacy is about having control over how information flows.” One’s life cannot be private online since people talk and share information.
After watching the documentary, We Live in Public, I became seriously frightened. I was really disturbed by the entire thing. One thing that really stuck with me was when someone alluded to the idea that by being public with your information, you are basically just looking for attention or a certain “fifteen minutes of fame.” I know this is getting off on a tangent but I have to wonder and ask, are we really posting stuff because we find it interesting or cool, or is it what we believe other people will like? Is everything we say and post really just to get attention from others so we feel liked and socially accepted?
In conclusion, I realized that people can find out things about you without you even knowing. It really hit me recently as a friend of mine showed me a picture of a random stranger doing something weird. It is like at any time people might be watching what you are doing. I realize that I sometimes to take pictures of strangers that might be weird or look like someone I know. So based off of that, I think one can never have their life truly private, if they choose to go out in public. But I guess my question is…is it wrong to take pictures of people without their consent? Is that an invasion of privacy? Also, how many of you do the same?
These links were things I found interesting to our time.
I found some of the viewpoints of this article very interesting. Some similar to my own beliefs.
When I saw this, it just proved to me how popular taking secret photos of people is.