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  • 승인 2018.04.12 18:38
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When all that Facebook kerfuffle happened last week, I didn’t bat an eye. I had long ago noted that anything I googled would show up later in ads. Because of my size, I have had to do a certain amount of online shopping for clothes, so clothing ads are common when I am on the computer. Same for anything I happen to read. On my tab articles from difference news carriers show up on my feed “because of your interest in…” I know I am being watched on the computer. It is no different than walking down the street. You don’t know who is watching you from their window, you have to assume everyone will be watching if you pick your nose and on the computer it will be no different. Whoever is watching, and I assume they will always be watching, logging every keystroke so they will just know everything about me. This is no problem if you don’t do anything wrong or socially unacceptable. But we do. We look up stuff we shouldn’t but sometimes that is just looking up a word or term you don’t know. A couple of times I was in a convenience store buying something when different female friends, while waiting for me, picked up condoms from beside the cash register and looked at them because they didn’t know what they were. I smirked and asked them if they needed condoms. One screamed a little, dropped it back into the book and looked around quickly to see if anybody she knew saw what she had done, so she would know if she should be embarrassed or not.

But I am made of sterner stuff. I mostly don’t care what people think of me and they can stick their judgments where they sit. I have a vast curiosity and there are many things I want to know about and the easiest way is to look them up online. And if it is sexual, well, my mom was a baby nurse and an army nurse, my Sunday school teacher was a public health nurse in charge of sex education and her husband, my volleyball coach, was the biology teacher of sex education at my high school. It takes a lot to embarrass me, except for rudeness. I don’t accept it very well and usually do my best to avoid it. Being from a small town I am used to having no secrets worth having. In Waterford everyone knew your business. People who were complete strangers to me knew almost more about me than I did. That is what happens when you live in gossip central. I couldn’t even go to the grocery store for milk without someone mentioning it to my mother. I consider computers and the internet the exact same – a place with a record of everything I have written, read and possibly said. Most people will be bored with it, but there it is anyway. The other week I had a conversation with a Canadian friend for over six hours. If it is recorded and archived somewhere I would not be surprised or angry. I have no expectation of privacy when using technology. That’s why I keep certain things separate. My banking is never online. I don’t have much money so I cannot afford to lose the little I have. I do shred or burn most receipts to limit identity theft, though why anyone would want to be me is quite beyond me. I know that any purchases with credit cards can become public knowledge, so if there is something I want to keep secret, then cash only. Although maybe I don’t care if people know how much junk food I eat anymore.

There is only one way to keep things private – don’t do things online or where there is possibly a camera. You need the privacy of a place to yourself with no “smart” machines that can access your words or cameras. They worry that your speakers or your TV may be spying. Lock yourself in a room alone and then you may be safe. You need to record it where only you have access – write it down in a book, a nice one with paper pages. Then hide it. Don’t let anyone scan it. Then you can have secrets. Otherwise, embrace this cold new world of openness with no secrets, a secured world that keeps secret plots and criminals at bay, or else labels the truth as “fake news” to obscure it.
 


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