The Unstoppable Change

“Younger people, one could point out, are the only ones for whom it seems to have sunk in that the idea of that truly private life is already an illusion,” (written by Emily Nussbaum in New York magazine) quoted by the author of The Googlization of Everything. Emily wrote about a young girl named Kitty Ostapowicz and many others who posed many photos and videos that might be criticized by the older on social networking sites such as “nonuglies” and LiveJournal. “Young people who behave as if privacy doesn’t exist are actually the sane people, not the insane ones,” wrote Emily. After she got to know those girls she found out that those girls were warm and humble as any other girls growing up without any major influences from the internet. Using internet was the way they chose to identify themselves and express something suppressed deep inside.


Siva Vaidhyanathan, however, used the quotation to raised questions about privacy and the conventional belief that we could still have our privacy even though we were constantly under surveillance. She put the common understanding of privacy in to question. The nature of the privacy is not the nature of the information we share, but the control over the information we have. Different from the people who were born in the era of drastic change in information technologies, some people are not able to face the truth that the privacy does not actually exist. Still, people rebel to any action that may impede the “privacy” people had. That’s why the Beacon program, which posts the things people buy online, resulted in a great Facebook revolt in 2010.


Nowadays, people cannot live without information technologies and social networking sites because they have become one of the most important parts in our lives. Sacrificing some of our control over our personal information will give us the benefits outweighing the drawbacks. This is the tradeoff that we have in the twenty-first century, and we will have to get used to these changes just as we accepted the use of television when it first came out.

Say Everything , New York magazine:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.