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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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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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