Been having some conversations with people today about facebook and privacy and the internet and whatnot.
There is no privacy anymore unless you're in the bathroom, and now with blogs and Twitter you can even update people on that too. Pictures you post anywhere on the internet have the possibility of being found by your employer. Nothing is truly ever 'deleted', unless you go through the hassle of overwriting it with 1s and 0s, but I don't know if that's even possible on the internet since everything goes to somewhere else. Email provides ads based on keywords in your email (apparently typing suicide/death/9-11/murder somewhere in the body prevents ads...but it probably also puts you on the terrorist watch list). Our cell phones have GPS in them and it can be remotely enabled. The president isn't the most powerful man in the world, Larry Page and Sergey Brin are. Except in China.
I'm just waiting for the day when they put a chip in my brain that will play advertisements based on which store I'm walking by. The epitome of consumerism. I can just sense it. It's coming. It's like that short story about how the government decided to make everyone equal so those that were graceful had to walk around with sandbags tied to them, those that were innovative had a loud squawking noise go off in their brain every 10 minutes to prevent any new thoughts. And I don't remember who wrote this story...probably Shirley Jackson. Possibly Garth Nix. Anyhow, yes. WAVE OF THE FUTURE I tells ya.
Also, it is apparently de-lurking day. So for all yas out there, leave a comment to let me know you read my blog (drivel, though it may be).
[edited to add] yes, I realize how ironic that I post about this when I am obviously a Google fangirl--phone, email, search engine, blog. Just pointing out how technology will take over the world, especially if someone who will use it to their advantage is in charge...which means that at this point I love Eric Schmidt. Ergo: Please don't whack me, Googleplex!