Public, Private & Secret

In the 70’s, George Carlin came up with the seven words you couldn’t say on TV. Today, in our new age of the internet and social media, we have a whole new set of rules you can’t say (write) on the internet. I won’t even list them here for fear that someone will actually start following my rants, but you can believe that I have the list in front of me when ever I write a post. Of course I have violated the list many times over the years and I have long suspected that there was a list, but now – I know it. Take a look.
“Dept. of Homeland Security Forced to Release List of Keywords Used to Monitor Social Networking Sites”

In the interest of all fairness to those dedicated people who are working so hard to protect me and my family from zealots who want to harm us, thank you. You have a thankless job, yet you do it well. Do I wish there wasn’t a list? Yes, but I lost that level of innocence a long time ago.

Now to dig a little deeper, is this list subject to being abused? Of course it is, and it could be said to be an invasion of privacy. However, if you want to see an invasion of privacy, you should see the list an ad agencies use. “But Edsson, I have the right to privacy.” Grow up. Anyone who uses the internet or social media, should expect little to no privacy. If you think otherwise, you are kidding yourself. Today, you are encouraged to network, share, link, join and put your entire life history on the internet. You are a wealth of information to every ad agency, government and identity thief out there. All our government (and others) does, is listen and read what you so freely put out. After all, that is what you wanted – isn’t it?
Years ago, Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, (Gabriel García Márquez: a Life) once said: “All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.”
Not anymore Senor Marquez.

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