Writing in the New York Times Magazine, Jeffrey Rosen describes the “peculiar anxiety of being falsely implicated in someone else’s Internet exhibitionism.” “In the age of blogs,” Rosen argues, “all citizens, no matter how obscure, will have to adjust their behavior to the possibility that someone may be writing about them.” Do you agree with Rosen? Why or why not?
I think that this is true, though we shouldn’t necessarily be okay with people giving our full names. I’m not really concerned with employers googling me and not hiring me because of something they find on a blog- because it’s not fair to assume that it is really me. My name isn’t common at all but on Google there are a lot of posts from another with my exact name. Why would a company assume it is me, and hold it against me? Imagine if your name was super common, how are you going to fight against the search results that aren’t about you?
I think when you go out in public or do an action in front of someone else, you put yourself at risk for being written about. The People Of Walmart blog makes me laugh a lot because that is actually how people think it is okay to leave the house. Maybe if they knew they were on the site, they would be mad, but if the photographers had asked each submitted person for permission, the blog would never be in existence and the world would be missing out big time.
I think it is fair to ask the blogger to remove your full name or the story, but you can’t do anything if the story becomes popular/viral. If you did something, you have to accept it as a consequence. It reminds me of someone posting a photo online that then turns into a huge viral internet meme. There’s a video on YouTube where a family surprises their two girls with a trip to Disneyland- (again). The younger child doesn’t understand why the older one is crying and happy, and people have made her face into a huge meme. The girl is only 4 years old, what is it going to be like for her when she is older and can understand that she is/was a huge thing on the internet? Her parents uploaded the video, and now they assumably can’t stop the meme sharing. It is what it is.