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Privacy is Gone, So Forget It and Cope

Written by Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade, Community blogger | Jul 3, 2013 6:39 PM

I don't know where privacy went. Even before we knew about Snowden and the NSA ubiquitous presence, there was the creeping realization from internet ads, thanks to corporate cookies, that whatever we research and say is public knowledge. That knowledge, of course, is meant to be used for our manipulation. We participlate in this game by our tweets and facebook posts, our webpages and blogs, of course. It's a catch-22. Isolate or connect, and if we connect, there's no partial choice. It's all or nothing.

So, a week or so ago, I was doing a lot of thinking and observation about introversion vs. extroversion and what a false dichotomy that can be, how people vary according to the situation and fall somewhere along a continuum. Then, conversely, the need for privacy, electronic or physical, varies, too. However, the invasion of privacy doesn't. It's always there. Whether we live in a small town, where we're recognized on the street and gossip abounds, or a big city, where anonymity may exist to some extent, but not in our block or building, we're never alone in the ether-world. That can be good and it can be invasive.

If our webpage has the word "red" and the word "governor," no matter how distant from one another, we may get contacted about various political schemes, whether relevant or not. I published something about doing forensic psychology in PA and workshops in Fl and have had numerous calls at different times of day and night about doing custody cases in Florida, which I don't do there. The process of association backfires in internet searches. I'm sure many readers have better examples of what's said or assumed about them based on adding 2+2 wrong in cyberspace.

Anyway, I just wanted to say privacy is dead, whether you want it to be or not, so learn to cope.

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