There was a discussion about this on LM_NET: is it ok to resend messages from an e-list to others (let’s face it, 15,000 readers doesn’t count as “private”)? Let’s widen that: what about a blog post? The URL to a website? Ken Jennings gets asked about the MySpace people with his name. What about a Wikipedia article?
My high school philosophy teacher used to say “your right to punch me ends where my nose begins” – where’s the edge between private and public? Much of our on-line social interaction is like the old-fashioned party line, in that we presume privacy that isn’t really there.
More than that, when we are on-line we’re often multitasking. I’ll check my e-mail and Bloglines while cooking dinner. I’ll write a memo and do complete a book order. You get the picture. Where’s the mindfulness in this?
If I’m mindful of what I’m doing, if I’m careful about what I put “out there”, then some of these privacy issues will resolve themselves. I hope.