This piece was originally a part of an ideas and issues unit for my English Writing course, written in blog post format.
Over recent years, with the advent of social media, privacy online has become a major concern. It’s something we try to protect in our everyday lives, yet over the past few years it has begun to diminish. Things we used to keep behind closed doors we now put out for public display. Much of this can be attributed to the rise of the social websites and more technology driven culture. Every day, we share our lives across the endless wire that is the internet, putting up our thoughts, feelings, pictures, videos, and anything else under the sun.
Sometimes however, giving away your information via social networking and web browsing isn’t the only way to lose your privacy. Anonymous cultures around the internet abound. Gone is the worry of someone you know finding out about what you post and look at, but it can also bring out the worst in people. Due to being anonymous, some people feel they can get away with anything whilst online, and it shows. Keeping a tight control on information is also more important, due to not knowing the intentions of someone else who’s anonymous. Anonymous cultures have become more a stomping ground for grassroots activism in recent years, but stigmas and precautions still abound when posting anonymously, and personal information can soon be used against someone if obtained. Also in most cases, despite being anonymous, you can still be traced if you don’t take precautions.
The debate between those who wish to remove the barrier of online privacy, and those who wish it would remain is a long and difficult one. Both sides have arguments worth listening to, but unless a balance can be struck, then the future of online privacy is a strange one, and perhaps one that need to be looked at more closely.