Screaming into the (not so) empty void
I just watched “The Facebook Obsession” on CNBC with my wife. And while it’s amazing how quickly Facebook has grown, and the story behind it is obviously interesting enough to merit a big-budget Hollywood film, the history of the site wasn’t what I found interesting. No, what fascinated me was the controversy over privacy.
In short, I don’t get it. Each Facebook user is responsible for what he or she posts to Facebook. Account privacy settings notwithstanding, I rarely post anything I would be ashamed for anyone to see. If Facebook uses that data to try and sell me stuff, so what? It’s my choice whether I want to pay attention to the ads or not, just like TV (or anywhere else on the Web, really). If Facebook collects data about things I like or sites I’ve visited through them… again, so what?
Maybe there’s something here I’m not seeing. If one conducts oneself as a halfway decent human being on the Internet, where’s the problem? (Seriously, I’m asking — I miss plenty of stuff).