Did the Internet Kill Privacy?

Unattributed, CBS, Feb 07, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Should this image be sufficient to get a teacher fired? I mean, really? The tone of the article is that it's a problem of privacy. "I think that's what is a constant tension in our society, is that we trade information that our parents and our grandparents would have considered private, for fun, for convenience, for that kind of thing." But in this case, I think it's a problem of prudery. I mean, really, firing a teacher for a photo of her drinking wine and beer while on vacation in Europe? Seriously? The problem isn't with the disclosures. The problem is with people who are way too zealous in their pursuit of some sort of misplaced moral purity. And actually - if the internet can cure us of that, then that's a good thing. Via Cynical-C.
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