Sunday, November 11, 2012

To the Best of Our Knowledge: ‘Privacy’

I continue preparation for my “con” privacy argument for LIBT 117 in the Cuesta College Library/Information Technology Program.

My assignment is to argue that “Individual citizens don’t need the right to privacy in order to discharge their rights as citizens.”

This morning I listened to a radio show about privacy produced by To the Best of Our Knowledge.

The show’s guests include Lori Andrews, author of I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy; Garrett Keizer, author of Privacy; Hal Niedzviecki, author of The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors, Chuck Klosterman, author of “Through a Glass, Blindly, and filmmaker Marina Lutz, who documented a shocking discovery about her father in “The Marina Experiment.”

Narrator Jim Fleming is correct to caution listeners that “What we post online can be found by employers, schools and lawyers.”

Indiscriminate posting can certainly be harmful but so is posting nothing at all. It is much more beneficial to deliberately craft an online reputation.

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