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Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Internet-Look before you Leap

We the non-celebrities are making ourselves more available, in vaster quantities. But in doing so, we are losing control over the information we considered to be ours alone. We have the convenience of online bill-paying. But credit cards companies know facts about us we never remember telling them. We have the ease of online shopping. Now online shops advertise to us long after we visited their site, wherever we happen to be on the Internet. We want to stay in touch with people we would have, in another age, left behind — people we met on holiday or on the street, people we knew only as children. So we post mundane, daily facts about our workday or our meals — information that used to disappear before it was even registered as experience — hoping that it might bring this giant network of people closer to our mundane, daily lives. But the mundane information starts to define us; we can’t get rid of it.

The Urban Dictionary includes a term called “Public Privacy.” Public privacy is defined as:
The illusion of which is given to people on a cell phone or blue tooth in public and within earshot of others. These people believe that others cannot hear about their husband's rectal exam or their mothers attempt at making toast in the microwave.
When we go home at night, we are still in the crowd. We hop on our computers, consume information. We might go onto Facebook and talk to hundreds of friends at once, retool our image: What do I want to tell people that I like today? How do I want to look today? How can I expand the breadth of my crowd? The more people I am friends with, the more people I can see. Like Baudelaire, we are watching, observing, hoping to find ourselves in the multitude. We think maybe it’s crazy, that having more acquaintances, perpetually developing our personae, and sharing every moment of our lives in the panoptic milieu of the Internet will somehow bring our private lives into focus.

Baudelaire wrote about the romance of throwing oneself alone, directionless, into the crush of public life. And it is exhilarating — spending your days wandering from shop to shop, fact to fact, video to video, stranger to stranger. But his poetry was a reminder. The passion for roaming means a love of masquerades and a hatred of home. Baudelaire, too, wanted to protect his privacy. But he feared he had lost the very thing he wanted to protect.


A fitting article for all those trans trenders and the like, who protest to their YT's being linked, their pictures being utilized, their words being discussed. When you act like a celeb, you will be treated like a celeb/ And celebs learn straight away, once you make yourself the property of the public, privacy ceases to exists.


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17 comments:

  1. I like to refer to it as Dirt's Smorgasboard. Eventually the privacy laws will catch up with those like you who use others material for your own personal agenda.

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  2. redundant. buy a thesaurus

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  3. who are you? the internet police?

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  4. http://www.thesmartset.com/article/article10131101.aspx

    Dirt, do you not come up with one thought that is your own.

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  5. That was such an interesting article Dirt, thanks for posting. Such a fan of Baudelaire, have you read "The Albatross"? One of my favourite poems though I guess you really need to understand French to appreciate it in it's entirety.

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  6. Anon@3:44pm, the laws have been firmly in place for several years now.

    dirt

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  7. Anon@1:51,

    If you have no interest in the articles shared, I suggest you try originally not reading them. Unless you fear you might miss something.

    dirt

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  8. Anon@7:54am,

    Glad you liked, I particularly liked how they treated the Baudelaire stuff and couldnt agree more.

    I read la fleur du mal when I was 16, and quickly became a long term fan. Have read several bios and other works on him since.

    dirt

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  9. I think you make a good point about the internet's "public privacy" and the fact that YouTube videos ARE public, even when they feel so personal and private, but there is a difference between something being accessible to the public and it being co-opted and utilized for malicious purposes, and you definitely blur the lines with your "Trans-Trending" posts.

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  10. There's nothing remotely "malicious" about it, like many readers here, my heart goes out to every single girl/young woman posted. And until the general public catches up to just how desperate the situation is for young girls/women, I will continue educating about trans trending with those trans trending.

    dirt

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  11. Regardless whether other people do something wrong doesn't mean you're then exempt from the moral obligations.

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  12. "There's nothing remotely "malicious" about it, like many readers here, my heart goes out to every single girl/young woman posted. And until the general public catches up to just how desperate the situation is for young girls/women, I will continue educating about trans trending with those trans trending.

    dirt"

    that's like calling attention to eating disorders by parading those suffering in front of everyone and saying, "LOOK! Look how deluded they are! They are sick! They are wrong!"
    My point being, it helps no one and it hurts those involved. Maliciousness need no mal-intent and you cannot justify the means by the end.

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  13. @Syd,

    The proof is in the pudding, as many young women have already been helped from those posts.

    dirt

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  14. @ Dirt

    my name is Sydney, don't try to subtly belittle me by shortening it. Also, prove it. Any claim you make, especially something so weighty, ought to be cited anyway. You can say anything you want here, fact or fiction and your followers will never know the difference without a citation, but I've been aware of your blog for a while and I've never, in all my visits, seen any indication that you've helped a single person with those posts.

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  15. Sydney,

    Dirt's blog has helped me. I was questioning my gender and I came here because trans 'support' groups kept on repeating all these nice, simple sounding mantras at me that didn't make sense. I needed to hear an opposing viewpoint to make an informed decision about my life and I wasn't getting that from trans 'support' groups.

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  16. "come to my arms, cruel and sullen thing......." :)

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