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The internet never, ever forgets

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

After weeks of being lazy, I finally got around to reading this interesting piece from the Times’ magazine a few weeks ago.

This bit sums up the article best:

We’ve known for years that the Web allows for unprecedented voyeurism, exhibitionism and inadvertent indiscretion, but we are only beginning to understand the costs of an age in which so much of what we say, and of what others say about us, goes into our permanent — and public — digital files.

The fact that the Internet never seems to forget is threatening, at an almost existential level, our ability to control our identities; to preserve the option of reinventing ourselves and starting anew; to overcome our checkered pasts.

This should be required reading for anyone who enjoys posting every frickin’ detail of their lives on Facebook or if they have kids who do the same.  Even if you don’t, read the whole thing.