||Late night with Seth Meyers my intellectual crush
Today I asked for a short idea to write about from the SO and he actually gave me a topic! EEE, yay!
I read Facebook only a couple times a week because it usually makes me cringe, and I have better things to read. Misinformation, hate, blackmail (if you love me you will repost...), country cute, over-the-top adorableness, and baby pictures do not make for appointment reading.
It's the baby pictures that give me the most pause (well, those and wanting to explain to my extended family why the Constitution doesn't work that way , etc.). All I can think is how I would feel if my image was splashed all over the internet; the good pics mingling with my gap-toothed maw, making me look like Quasimodo's daughter for all to repost until time ends. *shudder*
I was there at the Early Morning of the Internet, during a time when your nickname was your shield against Just Anyone knowing your private information. To this day, I can't understand how we even got to Facebook, sharing our entire lives online - genies we can never put back in the bottle.
I'm wondering about 15 years from now, when the Facebook babies are grown. Oh, they'll be embarrassed, but will our culture have shifted again? Will there be a Facebook generation of grandparents, full of regret or post-grads outraged at their stolen privacy?
It could happen. And I'm relieved that my part in it is limited - all butt-shots aside. (Because, really, who doesn't love a good candid, especially of friends hanging over a railing, shot from the back? At least I didn't put them on the Internet!)