The Web Means the End of Forgetting … lengthy but fascinating article about how the Internet, especially social media, have huge implications for our identity (or identities) and privacy, and where things may go legally, ethically, and socially in the coming years.
It’s often said that we live in a permissive era, one with infinite second chances. But the truth is that for a great many people, the permanent memory bank of the Web increasingly means there are no second chances — no opportunities to escape a scarlet letter in your digital past. Now the worst thing you’ve done is often the first thing everyone knows about you.
Now doesn’t THAT sound scary? But we’re still in the growing pains stage of the explosion of sharing ourselves digitally, complicated by rapid development of new ways that can be done and exploited. In the long run, those photos of you drinking with buddies may be seen as no big deal, as they really are. It’s just that we have to get to that point first.