Have you ever wondered exactly what information Facebook turns over when complying with a request from law enforcement? Be careful who you are friends with.
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- my apologies, I did not mean to add insult to injury, I can sympathise with your story and your fear. I think I did not factor chatsessions in the equation, and also have a hard time imagining this guy with the red pen doing that, that would be a black day indeed!Apr 9, 2012
- yes ideas are powerful, thats why I do not share them easily on the internet, at least not in full.Apr 9, 2012
- I thinkhelped me encapsulate some of my issue with the OP's topic.
As the world gets smaller, and i's people (and families) more diffuse, conversation is inevitably brokered by this thing we call the internet. Important conversations happen here.
Real ones. Intimate ones. Sometimes conversations on controversial topics occur among people who share a trust. we need these moments of honesty. Intensely private things, sometimes.
They are the birthplace of connection and the fire in which ideas are tested. Even those with whom I'd strongly disagree deserve a place to talk without all the ears.
The internet is a place of comfort and solace, as seen above. It's a scathing critic in other places as ideas are brought to ruin - as well as reputations. At no time in history could the agent of the conversation (not a participant) be so willingly used to chronicle every event. Every word. Even the cadence of the conversation can be reported. This is new. Papers can burn and words fade once spoken.
Phone calls don't persist unless recorded. But phone calls aren't collaborative. They aren't open. They don't invite comment when it's convenient for interested parties.
What medium do we have to find like minded people while not wondering if our thoughts could later be excerpted or taken out of context?
I like to discuss the topics that aren't to be discussed. Race, religion, politics - but I think my views are largely focused on reconciliation and honesty on all sides of every issue. I don't break laws, so I should be without worry.
And yet. I'm not.
Stories like the above are part of the issue. And it makes it harder to have some important conversations.
There's a cognitive dissonance here, I know, but some of this is rooted in emotion.Apr 9, 2012
- so i cannot have it all? -> goes bananasApr 9, 2012
- I thinkreally hit it on the head here. Cardinal Richelieu was once quoted as saying, "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him." As the internet gets bigger and the world smaller, at some point private conversation becomes less of a bad security practice, and more of an accepted need. I'd rather have the world be capable of privacy when you need it from day one, instead of after it's already been declared illegal and villainized.Apr 9, 2012
- No worries, man. The internet is vast and extensive, and it can catch you by surprise sometimes just how vast and extensive it is. Trying to imagine a sweeping change to it, or any universally applicable concept, is a bit like trying to imagine how your life would be different if you had the courage to ask that one girl out on a date, or if you hadn't messed up your spine skiing. It's probably to be expected that important factors slip through the cracks. I'm just glad you get it :)Apr 9, 2012
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