Friday, August 06, 2004

The eyes have it



"Eyes, you know, are the great intruders."
--Erving Goffman
I find it increasingly amazing, that in a place as vast as the Web, many people are paranoid about being monitored by big brother. Wasn't the Web created to communicate in the first place? Aren't we all out here shouting at the top of our lungs to be heard anyway? We're like those Whos in Horton Hears a Who screaming "We are here, we are here, we are here, we are herrrrrrrrrrre!" And still no one hears us.


So how or why should we think someone is monitoring every word we write or everyplace we go on the Web? Sure IT departments must to a certain extent, but think of the mountains of reports and statistics logging Web use generates.


So maybe someone is monitoring mundane stuff like e-mails and how many times we went to eBay while we supposed to be working. Meanwhile they ignore the stuff we desperately want people to notice like Blogs and Web sites. Am I the only one who finds this the least bit ironic?

"The main obligation is to amuse yourself."
--S. J. Perelman

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