I’ve been thinking a lot about this week’s post. Too much, I’d say. I tried to Google resources, tried to find relevant blogs, journals, archives, read and re-read the guidelines to the post – nothing helped, I was literally stuck. And then I’ve noticed something to what I wasn’t paying enough attention earlier.

Database. What do we know about it? Right. Usually it’s just a huge amount of information gathered in one place. Would any of you like to reveal your name in a database? Unlikely (even if yes, you would never admit that to anybody, would you?). Knowing that you are somebody’s data makes you feel watched, unprotected and vulnerable. However, there is a massive database, that most of us are quite excited to put ouselves in. And I’m pretty sure it is now opened on your laptop/smartphone, while you’re reading this text.  Yes, the mighty Facebook.

Today Facebook knows everything. Where are you, with whom are you, what are you doing, watching, eating. Where do you work, who is your ex, when did your first goldfish die. We used to be so excited about the fact that we can share anything with anyone now, that we can’t protect our own privacy anymore. And this article by The Guardian journalist Nicole Kobie raises the problem. The basic theory of the article is that free online services are not that free at the end of the day, and your freedom online costs much more than all of your bills together – your privacy. And it’s not only about us, it is also about children, who literally were born to the Internet and, according to the article, will learn how to accept a lack of privacy as normal.

Even though the source I’ve chosen isn’t academic, I reckon it might be quite useful and can help you think more about network and privacy, or even reconsider your attitude to it. Do we really trade our privacy for the virtual freedom?




  1. Marija, I never thought about Facebook like that. It’s true that you find a lot of rather personal information about someone. If you want to find almost everything about a person you just met, you search for them on Facebook because you know that the info posted on their account is not only true, but also posted by themselves. And you would rather read on Facebook rather than Google them and find opinions about them written by bloggers, journalists or just random people when we are speaking about public figures. It’s true that a lot of public figure have their Facebook account managed by a PR or someone in their management team but it is still better to find info posted by someone close to them rather than by people who never met them before.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I really like your point about how Facebook does really dictate our personal information. We often do post anything and everything on Facebook without a second thought which can be dangerous in some cases. If you post your location, people know where you are. If you post material that may be deemed inappropriate and a potential employer were to see it (Employers do now often look at a candidate’s Facebook before hiring), you may lose employment. However their is the option if you choose to use it, to set privacy settings and of course, you get to choose who you’re friends with on Facebook. So if you’re careful, I do believe that your privacy can be controlled.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Marija, I do believe that we trade our privacy for virtual freedom. Some of us may even do it unknowingly. For example, older generations are not as technologically savvy as people our age and will often fumble through sites. They click on anything they can in hopes of landing on the page they desire. This makes it easy for Internet monsters such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to request our personal information because we will mindlessly click ‘yes.’ I think if we take a few extra moments to pay attention to what these websites are requesting, we will have a better handle on our privacy online. If one webpage is making requests that you do not want to comply with, there is almost always another one that will have similar, if not the same content that will not be making those demands.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s