Privacy online and your dignity

According to ‘Beware: the internet could own your future’ written by Husna Najand,

……However changing our mentality is even more important.  We have come to a point where Internet privacy rights are eroding while simultaneously, the line between our private lives and the public persona are blurring. The image you project in a proper business suit to potential employers is one thing and your Facebook profile picture may reveal something else.

Overall freedom expression (how you want to present or express yourself to the business-like public)against individual right to privacy( how you don’t want the public to be informed of officially or how you want to present or express yourself only to your private network) can be seen in this topic. In the first place, does privacy exist in this hyper-connected world anyway?

I am sure this does not ,in particular, for celebrities, who are always exposed to the public(or the media) even if they still do not want to. I personally think more or less they have already been ready for it or in some cases they take advantage of it before they begin with their careers since that could be a part of what they are doing for their audiences or customers. Their performances or reactions to the public and media could be good model cases.

Then how about just ordinary or shy people, who have not been ready for what they would confront with if their regular lives were suddenly exposed to the public or the media without any information beforehand unless they intend to advertise themselves? The whole point is that we have already been exposed to the public or media anyway in analogy with to the air.

Surveillance cameras are attached to the public place. All bank cash/credit cards are transmitted. I am sure it is getting both easier and even more difficult for the police to chase after criminals’ footprints due to the in/visibility of this hyper-connected society. (Invisibility refers to the public persona and so does visibility to the private.)

The second point could refer to Max Mosley’s comment written in the article called ‘privacy matters’ by BBC.

If someone takes away your dignity,” as he puts it, “you will never replace it.”

Although this point made by BBC might be a bit far from the issue of privacy online( since BBC does not necessarily confine to ‘online’, and does include the issued tabloid newspapers), it could also explain the reason behind the everything we value privacy. It is all about how to protect your dignity. I have been thinking of why and what the privacy online matters to us.

We all know by now that there are certain types of myths or pre-conceptions that being online could possibly take kids to risky uncontrollable areas, which might facilitate ‘an epidemic of sex crimes against youth’ although the chances are low. On the other hand, Husna Najand says our private information is not as respectful as what it used to be. The default privacy setting of Facebook is certainly getting more permissive. Najand’s article could tell us how the notion of privacy has been changed. Blindly or unconsciously it has been changed to or shifted to the idea or value of sharing.

Other than customizing setting modes to your comfort level, is it time for us to think about the way to protect our dignity as we also enjoy those social networking sites?