Social ME.dia

There is no such thing as privacy on the online world. You willingly divulge a massive chunk of personal, sometimes VERY PERSONAL information to online sites many of you have not read the Terms and Conditions to. We give it away. For free. FREE.


“CBC News reported [at the end of January] that the Canada Revenue Agency’s compliance section is scrutinizing the social media posts of Canadians it suspects are at “high risk” of cheating on their taxes.” CBC – CRA Surveillance

The Privacy Act  of Canada has not been altered much since it was enacted in 1983. A lot sooner than Facebook, before the iPhone and Android, before the internet explosion of start ups, and before the original Nintendo came online. We are putting our lives and the lives of our loved ones into a digital space that governments, lawmakers, courts and potential employers have instant access to. Which is problematic in ways we have yet to imagine…

Recently, with the new Trump immigration ban, “The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) recently filed complaints against U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for, in part, demanding social media information from Muslim American citizens returning home from traveling abroad. According to CAIR, CBP acessed public posts by demanding social media handles, and potentially accessed private posts by demanding cell phone passcodes and perusing social media apps. And border agents allegedly physically abused one man who refused to hand over his unlocked phone.” EFF – Border Agents Demand Social Media

This violates Americans rights guaranteed to every citizen south of the 49th parallel, including constitutional rights such as their Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Association. The gatekeepers can demand devices that could potentially label individuals of wrong-doing simply by association or digitized expression of thoughts. It’s reminiscent of SS Officers asking for papers of anyone deemed “other” during the Nazi occupation of Europe.

More insidious, for perhaps reasons yet to reveal themselves, is the problem of the individual revealing everything and anything on the real estate of the internet.

In a Euro RSCG global survey conducted among 7,213 adults in 19 countries, 61% of the respondents agreed “People share too much about their personal thoughts and experiences online; we need to go back to being more private.” Forbes – Social Media a Contradiction in Terms

I know this to be true when I see people offering me their innermost thoughts and glimpses into their lives  via photos and I did nothing to get these in-depth disclosures but scroll down via a shield I call my phone, or laptop.
The feeds are never-ending.
They are often exhausting. It’s a never-ending dialogue from the personal YOU to anyone who will listen, or like, or interact, via machines, in the most inhuman, non-intimate way humans have ever interacted.

I think that this technology is a particularly divisive technology, that provides the illusion of closeness, when in-fact, it is actually tearing people and communities apart. One is the loneliest number and when you see “friends” sitting together, texting, instead of talking, you wonder where the hell are WE really going as a civilization?

Melissa L.A. Bishop


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