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New York Magazine article on privacy

Here’s a well-written article on Kids, the Internet, and the End of Privacy: The Greatest Generation Gap Since Rock and Roll. Danah boyd, who we read a couple of weeks ago, is quoted in it. So is Clay Shirky; we’re not reading his work this semester, but if you’re interested in this sort of thing you should look him up.

Right now the big question for anyone of my generation seems to be, endlessly, “Why would anyone do that?? This is not a meaningful question for a 16-year-old. The benefits are obvious: The public life is fun. It’s creative. It’s where their friends are. It’s theater, but it’s also community: In this linked, logged world, you have a place to think out loud and be listened to, to meet strangers and go deeper with friends. And, yes, there are all sorts of crappy side effects: the passive-aggressive drama (“you know who you are!?), the shaming outbursts, the chill a person can feel in cyberspace on a particularly bad day. There are lousy side effects of most social changes (see feminism, democracy, the creation of the interstate highway system). But the real question is, as with any revolution, which side are you on?