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Privacy with a capital “PBS”

Much has already been written — for and against — Jodie Foster’s speech on last night’s Golden Globes telecast.

jodie fosterIn accepting her Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, Foster touched on many topics she had previously refused to discuss publicly — her sexuality being one of them.

Which made the underlying theme of her speech even more pointed:

“If you had been a public figure from the time that you were a toddler, if you had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe then you, too, might value privacy above all else…


I hear you, Jodie.  And I respect you.  In fact, when you were speaking last night, LIVE, in front of millions of people across the globe —

I had turned the channel to watch Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Classics.

Your secrets are safe with me.

Bug’s eye view

What’s it like, living in a big city, everyone practically on top of each other?


These art pieces by Kudu-lah, on display at Stoopher & Boots in New York City, capture the feeling pretty well.  Living in tight spaces, yet kinda on display.  And often stacked together in high-rise buildings.

Don’t worry…

We still get out on the town.

Free rent

When I logged into AOL today — yes, I have an AOL account, have since the dawn of the Internet, and dang it, probably always will — one of the homepage headlines read:

How Facebook Is Tricking Its Users

It’s a good headline.  It applies to a large and ever-growing audience, and smacks of scandal and intrigue.  I immediately clicked on the link.

Turns out it was referring to the recent changes in Facebook’s privacy policy.  The mega social network’s default privacy settings for a member’s personal information went from ‘friends only’ to ‘everyone,’ and no less than 10 privacy organizations have filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission.

Oh, the humanity.

I suppose I shouldn’t make light of the situation.  But I am.  Facebook announced the change to members in a pop-up window on their homepages.  That window included instructions outlining, step-by-by, how to change your personal privacy settings from the new default to whatever you wanted them to be.

It was pretty darn straightforward, I thought.

Let’s remember how much we pay for Facebook, everyone — not a frickin’ cent.  Nada.  Nothing.  We are occasionally annoyed by an ad or two in the right-hand column, but they are easily ignored.  Heck, ads in television shows are much more in your face, and they certainly don’t stop us from watching “Modern Family” or “GLEE.”

So, instead of crying to the FTC or to each other about this change, why not just accept the new privacy defaults as rules of the house?  Rules we have been given free rein to change…in  the house that we live in for free...that we can move out of at any time that we like.

There’s that word again — free.

When you think about it, Facebook is hardly the big bad boogie man.  He may just be the landlord of your dreams.