I think about these issues a lot. The online age presents so many amazing opportunities – to connect, to reflect deeply, to share ideas – but it also ushers in a lot of dilemmas about privacy and how much to share of who you are (and where).
I am enmeshed in an ongoing mental dilemma regarding communication on the Internet. Is it okay for me to write a blog, post stuff on Facebook, comment on stuff on Facebook, share photos of my kid, let people see my art, etc. or should I maintain my privacy and by extension maintain control over unintended consequences?
Obviously, as you are reading this, I’ve made a decision to write, however, I still hotly contest that decision in my head everyday and with every post.
When I wrote anything in the past, it was almost only for an audience of one. I would write a letter or an email to “X”. I didn’t have to analyze very hard what was appropriate and inappropriate for “X” to know. I could filter almost unconsciously. Facebook has been a real conundrum in that when I go there to write, I am potentially addressing 100s of people. I…
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