Digital Footprint Reaction: Living in a Man vs. Machine World
My thoughts after learning more about the digital footprint theory was not as surprised as expected. With the thought of the digital footprint more and more people are concerned about their use of internet access. The surprising part of this idea is that most people don’t even think about their digital footprint on the internet. Whether it is typing it in the search bar or clicking on the anchor text, most don’t think that whatever they type into their URL bar is being logged by the government in whatever you search. When we discussed this topic in class most people weren’t concerned that someone is watching their every move on the web. The problem, to me, doesn’t really lie on the fact they log everything I search. It lies when it gives out where I’m located when I make a call or log where I’m at when I check Facebook or Twitter. That to me is an invasion of privacy and a dangerous situation to have individuals is.
The better part of the discussion is to deal with analog media and digital media. To think about previously when we didn’t have the digital media and their was no concern about what was being posted on the internet or what was being researched. Watching television shows that you weren’t supposed to was easy to get away with in the past. Today, with digital media their is no getting away with anything because anything and everything that is put on the internet is being logged.
After discussing with the class I found it rarely interesting that most people completely forgot about the analog days of sitting in front of a television watching South Park secretly or listening to hip-hop music on your CD player…no, just me. Living in the analog world was a much different time which leads me to believe that more and more people have just become lazy and don’t mind what the consequences may be of their web usage. Rather than take time to have more privacy using the analog and old fashioned way where there is no way of tracking what you have been doing; they decide to use the easy route and have a plentiful amount of people and machines watching your every click online.
The few things I took away from the activities we did in class was the amount of information or analytics that is given out when I use a specific device. The amount of metadata that is released when I make a cell phone call or when I use google maps is crazy. The idea of my exact location being given out when I use my phone scares me. It gives a lot of information out that is useful for criminals, sex offenders, or other things. It just surprises me that the government and law enforcement doesn’t try and take a stand to put a halt to some of these things.
Another thing that was a fun discussion was the example of the “tile” product that was advertised. It surprises me that people see products like that and find that as a great idea. There is nothing good about having a piece of equipment attached to something in case you use it. Most adults should be responsible enough to remember where they place an item or keep track of it. Creating a product like that is setting so many people up for destruction. More and more people will begin to misuse this product that can lead to easier ways of stealing or abducting people.