Maybe it’s because we don’t have to put “www” in front of urls anymore, but there seems to be a collective amnesia as to exactly what the internet is.
AKA, the World Wide Web.
As in the most. public. place. ever.
As in anything you post on the internet can be seen by anyone.
So show some discretion, people!
Vet the links you share before you share. Make sure you’re not a mouth piece for some entity masquerading as something completely different.
Heck, vet your rants and opinions before you post them. Ever looked back on something you wrote years ago and been embarrassed? Yeah, well the journal entries are a little more public now, aren’t they?
Think! Reflect! Then respond.
Stop reacting to the latest . . . well . . . whatever!
Stop being a slave to the 24/7 news cycle. No news is good news, right?
And above all, stop leaving the responsibility of protecting your privacy with Facebook, Google or any of the host of, well, other web hosts.
If you don’t want the world to know where you live, what your kids, your body, or your dirty laundry look like, then quite simply don’t click upload.
Sure, Facebook needs to be held accountable for Russian trolls, fake ads, Cambridge Analytics, and such. There is much they can do to clean things up.
But really? Really?!
It’s the World Wide Web, for Chris Christie’s sake.
Sure, but you might want to try some of them same tools on yourself.
Editor’s note: Midweek Essays are posted every Wednesday. See the publication schedule for details.