Media and privacy, sort of a contradicting statement.
How much do you know about your privacy and where your ‘stuff’ goes once you hit ‘upload’ on the internet?
In today’s social media age, people are sharing more information than they have ever with a larger audience than ever.
When the internet was first introduced to society, people were so concerned with keeping their information extremely private and did not want to make anything available on the internet. They were always worried about who might end up with it!
But now, we put so much information out on the internet that we probably can’t even remember what all is actually out there. My Facebook page that is view-able to all the public (friends and non friends) at its highest level of privacy (that I have found) shows my date of birth, where I’m from, where I go to school, and where I work.
So when did this become such a routine thing? Watch this quick video on the transformation of privacy through media.
We like to view: Think about all the times you check your preferred social media outlet. Can you come up with a general number or is it just too much? As a college student, the amount of times I ‘view’ Facebook is incredible. This ‘viewing’ habit only got worse the more engrossed I got into Facebook and the more personally involved I became.
We like to know: Similar to viewing, media users like to ‘know’ things. This idea of always being up-to-date on the newest information drives this urge ‘to know’. Think about Twitter, how many people do you follow? Why do you feel the need to ‘know’ their information that they tweet?
So for those who follow, view, and know your information are you comfortable knowing how much they know about you? Are you aware of the privacy setting of your own media outlet?
This idea of an exchange of information has given people a sense of security thinking that they are getting something in return. If I put up to date photos on Facebook, my hometown, my birthday, and where I work I will make friends in my hometown by networking and getting connections, I will show people what I do every day and photos that I take on a daily bases of my daily routines, and I will get a lot of birthday wishes on my birthday! But, whats the point? WHY is that all necessary?
Facebook has changed this perception in people, Facebook has MADE it necessary. Who wants to add the friend who has no up to date information, no birthday posted, or where they live? They probably seem like a total creeper (unless you know them well).
Also, you know Facebook works with third parties…can we say marketing jackpot??
This information that people give out is free, and Facebook takes advantage of that!
So, privacy in media how ignorant are you? Chances are when you find out…there wont be much bliss.