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this was originally posted on May 25, 2009 as a normal entry, but I decided, as I seek work and make plans to enter the educational field, to make it 'the entry everyone sees upon arrival'. I have been keeping this blog, almost daily, for 9 years now. When I began, it was very cutting edge to do this - and I was a cutting edge web developer, so all was well. Now I've started to change my career; in 2009, based on some great experiences with kids and a long standing passion for education, I'm reorienting to study for a B.A. in Technology and New Media in Education. But it does mean that there are thousands of entries in this blog that were made in hundreds of moods.

Clay Shirky, teacher in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at N.Y.U as part of a discussion addressing, 'In the online world, is the notion of a public/private divide simply not applicable?'

Privacy used to be enforced by inconvenience; you couldn't just spy on anyone you wanted. Increasingly, though, privacy will have to be enforced by us grownups simply choosing not to look, since it's none of our business.

This discipline isn't just to protect them, it's to protect us. If you're considering a job applicant, and he has some louche photos on the Web, he has a problem. But if one applicant in 10 has similar pictures online, then you've got a problem, because you'll be at a competitive disadvantage for talent, relative to firms that don't spy.

People my age tut-tut at kids, telling them that we wouldn't have put those photos up when we were young, but we're lying. We'd have done it in a heartbeat, but no one ever offered us the chance.

I invite anyone who wants to get to know me to dive into my journal. You'll get to know me, and I like that! Just keep Shirky in mind :-)

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E. K. Mangosteen

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from: mangosteen
date: May. 25th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)

We are the interstitial generation. We are the ones who grew up without the Internet, and then ended up having one.

The generation before us didn't expect to have their lives put online and archived, and they're at a point in their lives where it doesn't actually matter, anymore.

The generation after us will be used to having risque pictures from one's youth up for all to see; it's what they do. They'll be completely expected and forgotten (or at least, mentally walled off).

Generation X is in the unenviable position of having employers who will harshly judge anything personal found on the Internet, and having employees who don't see the big deal.

In other words, this is strictly our problem.

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stephanie m. clarkson

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from: thespian
date: May. 25th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)

One hopes; I came across that quote while putting together notes for what might become a paper extolling the return to 50s values of respecting privacy (it's simply too vague right now, but it deals with paparazzi, and tweeting, and has a weird divergence into the rise of the family sitcom in the late 50s and 60s (needs more consideration, but I wonder if it's easier to snoop in a real private life if you spend an hour or two each week snooping in a fictional one), and blogging and last.fm sites and lots of that.

There was, though, a period (plagued by its own difficulties) where if you found out your neighbour was cheating on his taxes or his wife, *you* were slightly embarrassed by it. Now, this was coupled with a lots of issues; we occasionally hear stories where everyone knew the priest was buggering the altar boy, but no one wanted to be the one to bring it up.

I myself have been completely truthful with my mother and nephew for years. The end result is just as I want it; my mother is VERY careful she wants to know the answer to her question, and my nephew knows he'll get a straight answer from me that he won't get from other adults. I think those are both things employers need to start expecting. It's sort of the new version of Don't ask, don't tell.

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古崇賢, aka Brother Claymore of Perpetual Peace

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from: dcseain
date: May. 25th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)

I have hopes that this be the case. I think it makes sense that this would be the case.

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from: browngirl
date: May. 26th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)

*makes a note of this*

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Socially Awkward Penguin

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from: bikergeek
date: Jun. 22nd, 2009 07:52 am (UTC)

how can you forget Clay Shirky? We met at his apartment. :-)

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Hypnotism Demonstration at WorldCon

from: anonymous
date: Aug. 2nd, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)

Farah Mendlesohn of Anticipation Programming has told me you might be interested in volunteering as a demonstration subject in my hypnotism lecture/demo. Can we get together for an hour or two beforehand to determine if you are a suitable subject and do a little preparation to ensure that the demonstration at the lecture goes smoothly. I shall need two or three subjects at the lecture (20:00 Saturday if you didn't know - conflicts with the Masquerade) and will be checking out rather more volunteers than that to ensure that I have enough on the night. I arrive in Montreal late on Wednesday the 5th and may not get email very often once the Con starts - but I shall be checking the Voodoo Message Board at the main entrance to 210 Exhibit Hall from time to time. I will also see SMS messages sent to my (UK) cellphone number +44 7785-305598 and my email (which is fine until I leave England on the 5th) is james@jbryant.eu. Thank you for volunteering - James

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from: brier
date: Aug. 24th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)


This is gonna seem super random but I saw you're into drawing... Not a lot of my friends are into art (I just joined LJ this week) so I thought I'd look for artists to befriend... :3

Dunno if you post about your art, if not that's ok ^^; I still enjoy reading people's entries and stuff and share my own art. Anyways... Let me know!

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Wolf That Knows

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from: morlith
date: Jan. 12th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)

Hello, there! I was told by wyera that you are "fucking awesome" and that I need to get to know you ASAP.


Here I am. =)

Nice to meet you! You've been added. =D

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P. Mac

rather out of the blue - cross posted, also sent via email

from: pann_da_bear
date: Sep. 19th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)

Hey Stephanie -

Woah, finding the last message for your address reminds me that it's been over 2 years since we've had any contact. For what it's worth, I've been going through some major changes in career, friendships and life, and am hoping things now are settling down more. Part of these changes have involved pulling back from the convention scene and crowd much more than I have in the past. That's more of an explanation, not an excuse, which I hope you understand.

I really did have a lovely visit in Boston, and greatly appreciated your hospitality. It will be a special trip and time I will never forget.

So to be direct and completely honest, the reason I am writing is to ask if you could help me out with wikipedia? I only ask because I know you are super-skilled with computer programming, and have read in the past that you are an Admin who maintains wikipedia.

It's not a big thing, really, except that I don't have the rights / passwords / access (or whatever the right word is) to get rid of some edits I posted on the page about an A Cappella group that formed from some of the members of the group I was a part of. I intended to correct for accuracy, but then got into the wiki thing and tried to improve it.

The article in question can be found by looking up "The Essentials (band)". All I'd like is to "rollback" the edits to those before mine, so back to "15:54, 31 August 2010 (talk) (3,684 bytes) (undo)" I hope this is literally a click or two for you to do as admin. And to get my name/email/telephone number offline.

You'll see from the page history that I've botched my attempts, and even accidentally posted my home telephone number and email, thinking it could only be seen by Admins. I didn't read ahead or examine the page's history before saving the changes, and I think the changes will be reverted anyway as I'm not going to be seen as a reputable source.

I ask only because it will be fixed better and faster. I don't even mind of you delete any other pages / articles / changes I've made as I realize I've not followed the correct protocol.

Please let me know either way, no matter what. Thanks again, and I hope life is treating you well too!

Peter MacVoy

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Happy birthday!

from: kinkypriest
date: Dec. 13th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)

Have a good birthday this week!

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from: opheliexeg
date: Nov. 1st, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)

The aims of acne treatment are to prevent new spots forming, to improve on acne treatment already present, and to prevent scarrings.

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from: crypticwyrd
date: Mar. 5th, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)

We'd have done it in a heartbeat, but no one ever offered us the chance.

LOL! I know I did! :D

Hi! I was just traveling randomly on Lj and found your journal!

Can you add me? I am great for comments! :)

I also play well with others!

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