Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Hand up people who did not think Facebook was collecting personal data and selling it to anyone who asks? Hands up anyone who did not think Facebook was also helping the CIA or some such secret service agency collect data. That's what I thought. See, here's the thing about Facebook: we know they're watching, but we use it anyway. Why? Partially because we don't care, partially because it allows us to, in a sense, sculpt our public profile. For my part, I think that being surveiled is a fact of life, and started long before Facebook. There's no point getting all upset about it, because the Powers That Be aren't going to stop watching us, no matter what the law says. How do you thrive in such an environment? Well, it's like the old saying: dance like there's nobody watching...

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