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February 08, 2012


lil Gluckstern

I think that the lack of privacy is the price we pay for the convenience of the Internet. I don't like it, and I wish there were a way to keep your site just book related, but progress is not free apparently. To this 70 year old, it's still a little magical :)

Elaine Viets

I value privacy and miss it. At the supermarket, while I was buying potatoes, I heard a woman discussing her divorce. She said she hadn't had sex in a year. Way too much information.


Lil, I suppose you're right, that the decline of privacy is the price we pay for the Internet. I just like to be aware of the limits, though. But it's pretty magical to me, too. Amazing, actually.


Ewww, Elaine. That's the kind of thing I meant. I think we could use a balance between keeping everything inside even when reaching out to others would help, and believing in the illusion that cell phone calls are conducted in a bubble.

Kate Adams

My pet peeve is people who use their cell phones in the rest room.

At this point I think our privacy is pretty much gone, but I like to strike a blow against our Internet overlords by feeding bad info into various web site registrations and occasionally searching for things I have no interest in. It keeps Google from forming an accurate picture of who I am (as I can tell by all the ads I see that feature grumpy old guys). Aside from the privacy issue, I don't want Google to serve up only the links it thinks I want to see - I like to cast a wider net and see what's really out there.

And I refuse to use Facebook, which I regard as the work of Satan.


Kate, essentially, I'm doing the same thing, albeit for the practical purpose of driving better ads to my website. It has occurred to me, as I search for things I'm either never going to buy, or at least, will never buy online, that I'm giving them erroneous marketing data, which is all they're collecting. Good for you!

Deb Romano

Kris, lots of businesses now post signs telling people to conduct cell phone calls outside. Before Christmas, I was in a small store that had a sign at the cash register stating that "we do not serve people on cell phones. NO exceptions". It was obvious that the owner had had enough of that sort of thing.

Elaine, I had an experience similar to yours: a man at the next gas tank over from me at a self service station one Saturday afternoon was talking on the phone while he was filling up. He asked someone "can I come over tonight? I have a bottle of wine...and...uh...a box of condoms." WAAAY too much information!


The trick with Facebook is to try not to post anything you don't want your boss or your mom to read. If you do that, you're probably OK. And avoiding politics is good.


I think you're right about FB, Kris. The point that always shocks me is that some people don't seem to realize when they post something on FB, it's not anonymous, it's out there for everyone to see. Who knows for how long.


Deb, I've seen a number of such signs popping up, including one at the post office that asked people to step out of line to conduct their calls. I still wonder why people have to be told.

Major ewwwww on that call. How can anyone not care that other people are hearing that?

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