Privacy no longer means a thing on the Internet. Whatever you do on the web can and is monitored, controlled, analyzed, categorized and easily referenced. Describing yourself as a 'private person' means shit if you're online. The platforms we use know exactly who we are, our likes, dislikes, where we travel, how long we stayed there, how many siblings we have, if we're on speaking terms with them, the state of our love life, our political and religious leanings, etc... and soon with those connected watches and eye-wear, Google, Apple & co will know our heart rate, sleep patterns and physical health as well.
But it's all in the name of progress, for the good of mankind, right?
I am old enough to remember the cold war, my parents were in their late teens during WW2 and my uncle was involved in atomic matters. As a kid I thought I would never make it to my 18th birtday because a nuclear war was going to kill us all. My dear brother kept telling me so, and I worshipped him. So, of course, I believed him. I was going to take refuge inside the well in the cellar, I had it all planned out.
Of course, the world didn't end, but I guess growing up this way meant I never took peace for granted the way people do in our part of the world. I studied French collaboration with Nazi Germany, 'normal' people settling scores with their neighbours, selling each other over minor feuds. Can you imagine WW2 with Twitter and Facebook? "I didn't know Mrs. Martin had so many nephews! The littlle darlings are real shy and won't get out of the house, though." (Pierre Laval likes this)
If the shit ever hits the fan again, it will be real easy for a modern Vichy government to get rid of the voices of dissent. Because they'll know exactly where to find us.
And yet, when Edward Snowden revealed the extent of government spying on all of us, the world barely shrugged. Our government's Big Brother ways were nowhere as scary as the lethargy of the public response. Google and Facebook are monitoring everything I type and the government has acess to all of it? Whatever.
They may have access but they can't control what we say or think just yet, although they are giving it their best shot, things still filter through. For example everybody knows these days that Monsanto and the FDA do not have the general public's health or best interests in mind, in spite of their million dollars advertising campaigns.The Internet made this possible.
The Internet, this big, unruly, chaotic machine that brings out the worst and the best in us. It also makes one hell of a case for freedom of speech. Like minded people can fight for Just Causes together, raise funds for charity together, it brings information and comfort to millions of souls all over the world. And the great thing is, no corporation or government has control over it. Yet.
It might change though.
In America, cable companies are in the process of hatching an Evil Plan (TM) to control the web. This is how it starts guys. Please inform yourself.
End of rant.