Blogging Against Cyberspace

First, let me say that I appreciate the irony of this post. Having said that, I want to share an article I read in the February 5, 2012 New York Times, “Facebook Is Using You.” The article includes some distressing information: that one’s health insurance rates could be affected by the diagnoses a person might search on the web—whether that search was born of idle curiosity or real need. Or…that a person might be offered a credit card with a worse interest rate than he/she might actually qualify for, again, based on the sites perused.  As a self-employed freelance writer, I’m on the web A LOT…and I frequent sites that help me in my work with clients—not sites that necessarily reflect my own interests or leanings. Still…the web’s shadowing of my choices might affect my real life in ways that are not at all good for me—or that even reflect the reality of my existence away from the computer. So if it seems ironic that I complain about the Internet on the Internet, consider this: the seemingly limitless possibilities of the net are actually boxing us in. All it takes, is for a computer to mine the data you create with every click. Take a look at the article in the Times at the link below. And check out the other articles in this issue, under the umbrella “Digital Dominance.”

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