2015 02 22
Another week of independent study, another medium.com article. This week:
I don't like this article. A number of places in the article talk about consent and the end user not being able to give it concerning their content. This is fundamentally flawed - the user gives consent for whatever they post as soon as they post it. While this may not be ideal, that is the current state of the social media, and that is unlikely to change any time soon. One's options are take the good with the bad, or simply don't use social media.
While I agree that the wide variety of nastiness that can happen online (swatting, doxxing, harassment, people sending pizzas) is deplorable, there are also some positives to truly public content - educational value (there have actually been some fascinating data aggregation projects), and even the CDC tracking and predicting the flu. The internet, specifically social media is a terrifying beast, but there are a number of cool things that come out of it. I don't think it's the fault of the services themselves, but rather the small percentage of awful people who use them for their own, malicious ends.
This is all scary, uncharted territory for both society and our legal system. Who knows if (and how much) it has to get worse before it gets better, if it does at all. At the end of the day, all of this is opt-in. If you can't deal with the potential wretchedness that could rear its head, don't sign up!
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