I really took interest in two articles this week, Say Everything and They Lying Disease. There were two different dynamics of online privacy shared by these posts: one that analyzed a past experience and one that fantasized what experiences might take place in the future. Both raised awareness to the fact that there are not only bad people out there in cyberspace, but also mentally ill people. They bring readers to the conclusion that if something is not done to monitor/create regulation/narrow the gap between public territory and privacy rights; some type of chaos is bound to happen.

In Say Everything, Nussbaum address the commonality of the theory that younger generations are more incompetent when it comes to privacy. Adults tend to get not only defensive but also offended at the lack of morality and complete exposure that goes on. In the reading, a father (Gasaway) was prompted with the same questions his daughter (Hannah) was asked. Gasaway seemed appalled and confused by the questions asked and thought that such things as ‘taking pictures at parties’ was distasteful. Meanwhile, Hannah was eager to admit she loves the attention that social and virtual exposure gave her. The information overload that adolescents are archiving into a world where privacy is such a foreign concept is scary. There are so many people that use Internet anonymity to do bad things. For instance, when the “craigslist killer” story came out to the public, my mother banned my brother, my sister, and me from ever using that sight. It is a protective nature of parents, and even adults, as this article enforces, to want to protect the innocent, younger generation that is so exposed to dangers that they had never been exposed to. Nussbaum states, “Right now the big question for anyone of my generation seems to be, endlessly, “Why would anyone do that?” This is not a meaningful question for a 16-year-old. The benefits are obvious: The public life is fun. It’s creative. It’s where their friends are. It’s theater, but it’s also community: In this linked, logged world, you have a place to think out loud and be listened to, to meet strangers and go deeper with friends.” Of course there are consequences. The nature of online existence is forever, and the ripple effect of this digital age has not yet been experienced, but the negative effects are going to be scrutinized with a higher weight than any good ones because it is part of the unknown, and nobody likes what they cannot know or understand. The point of this article seems to be just that: change is not regarded with open arms. Older generations do not accept our behavior and openness to public information because it is nothing that they were given the option to experience. The future will heed change, and because we are not yet a part of it to see what it will be like, we just assume the worst for it. Generation Y participates so avidly in the online environment because it defines us. If I did not have a Facebook, I would not get the notifications of being invited to parties, miss announcements that my fellow classmates in group projects make in Facebook groups, miss the relationship update of my ex-boyfriend, you know – all the important things. I would be beyond out of the loop. I belong to a social media culture and community. Everyone of this generation does. The majority of us are consumed by this culture and all chose to behave actively and share information to public platforms. With this said, we all must face the consequences of the future together – it can’t be that bad then, can it?

The Lying Disease was something I read in a matter of 5 minutes because it was so interesting. It was like watching an episode of catfish – but reading it instead. The Internet is a huge portal for insecure people to take advantage of. So much so, that there has been an actual medical referral to the mental disorder that the Internet causes. The ultimate conclusion this article gives me is that although you can share a plethora of personal information over the Internet, and that usually coincides with feelings, you cannot share trust. The way that the Internet and technological advances are growing allows more real life events to take place virtually. Thus, it is natural that we act vulnerably after feelings are shared. And there is nothing we can do besides become enraged, as Valarie and Gabby were when they found out they were lied to. It is a general awareness that when anonymity is involved, you must investigate passed the surface level. Because no laws or any regulation is in place, these are the consequences we face in this generation. With the incidents such as ‘craigslist killers’ and medical illnesses developing, someone is bound to put limitations on the way that we share information and take advantage of vulnerable people.

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