Op-ed in The Globe and Mail on Facebook and privacy

In an op-ed for The Globe and Mail, I explore what privacy means in an age of Facebook and Twitter.

It was prompted by Monday’s Quit Facebook Day. While I understand the reasons why users are upset with Facebook’s attitude to privacy, I argue that deleting your Facebook profile is merely a symbolic act.

By embracing the social web, and everything it has to offer, we have let go of our privacy.

In the op-ed, I argue that we should not simply blame Facebook for invading our privacy:

Facebook did not do this to us. We did it to ourselves. We have been redefining notions of privacy since we first posted vacation photos on Flickr, birthday videos on YouTube and lunch details on Twitter. We willingly surrendered our privacy.

Don’t get me wrong. I am a social media enthusiast. But we need to understand that we are entering into a bargain here. By sharing our lives online, we are giving up some of our privacy.

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