1/25/2009

What is it with civil libertarians and Twitter ?

I love the whole argument that so many people have (and I share) that ID cards, CCTV cameras and many other things the government want to use to track us are infringing our rights, yet then so many of these people then get Twitter, which seems to be a system to allow people to snoop in to your life and let everyone know where you are, what you are doing, what you had for tea, and is the very antithesis of the privacy argument.

I know that people can volunteer what information they put on to Twitter and I know that it does not do any harm, and I also know I will get people shouting me down for saying this, but it just seems to be at odds with the whole privacy argument.

6 comments:

Paul Pinfield said...

Compelability.

Caron said...

If I want to splurge the intimate minutiae of my life all over the internet, then that's up to me.

If the government wants to find out all sorts of information about what I get up to in my private life, then that is wrong.

thechristophe said...

I think Paul has it (unless i've missed the point), its that you choose to share the information, not that you are made to.

Paul Pinfield said...

Exactly.

ThunderDragon said...

Choice.

Anonymous said...

If the nosy and the narcissisitic want to (respectively) ogle and preen online, we should feel free to jeer and snigger at the emptiness of both sorts of lives, but, as Liberals, not condemn.

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