We're Being Slowly Screwed By Social Networks and We're Oblivious

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Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the others once seemed to have our interests at heart; now that's looking a little more questionable; in the future, who knows where it'll end? Problem is, subtle privacy changes creep up on us in such a way that we're practically oblivious to them.


Today's Doghouse Diaries comic sums that up neatly. If you're unfamiliar with the boiling frog anecdote, here's a version from Daniel Quinn's The Story of B:

If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will of course frantically try to clamber out. But if you place it gently in a pot of tepid water and turn the heat on low, it will float there quite placidly. As the water gradually heats up, the frog will sink into a tranquil stupor, exactly like one of us in a hot bath, and before long, with a smile on its face, it will unresistingly allow itself to be boiled to death.


Sound familiar? [Doghouse Diaries]

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Can someone please explain to me how social networks / Google having my information is a bad thing? Everyone keeps talking about how NSA spying on phone calls / text messages is the end of the world, and Facebook will ruin civilization. How? Why should I care if the NSA knows how often I fuck my wife, or if Facebook knows what city I live in, or what I had for dinner last night? Who gives a shit?

I do nothing in my daily life that I'm ashamed of. It seems to me that everyone who freaks out over privacy has something to hide. Perhaps I'm missing the big picture, so please - fill me in.