Instructor Andrea M. Weatherhead
March 30, 2013
The Growth of Social Web
I. Using social web puts your privacy at risk
a. Once information is posted on social sites it is no longer solely yours b. Sites we use have more rights to out information than we do c. “The Internet as a contemporary data highway on which the global information society is built, is known for many security risks……In this way, individual privacy is seriously endangered and is becoming an international problem” II. The development of social media transformed interpersonal communication d. Connecting with friends, relatives, and coworkers is not difficult. e. Finding friends and relatives has become easier
f. Communicating with other from various parts or the world is simple and easy III. Social web allows information to be spread fast and fluent g. Learning about local and global news, sales, new music, movie reviews and so much more come from the social web. h. News and sports platforms such as CNN, ESPN, etc. use social web to post new events and articles i. “Social software such as wikis, blogs, podcasts and vodcasts, social networking services and social media sharing platforms have enabled common Web users without any background in computer science or skills in programming languages to publish content on the Web and to share it with others”
The Growth of Social Web
The social web — the various Internet sites where people interact freely, sharing and discussing information about each other and their lives —plays a fundamental role as a medium for the spread of information, ideas, and influence among its members (Kempe, 2003). While doing so these individuals utilize a multimedia mix of personal words, pictures, videos and audio. On these countless sites, people and the various groups that they may be a part of create and exchange materials and information as well as engage in conversations and discussions. The sites appear in numerous forms which include blogs, forums and message boards, social network platforms, wikis, virtual worlds, writing communities, and data, content, image and video sharing. With the growth and development of the social web, it can used and accessed by anyone (UNCP, 2013). Everyone from your 70 year old grandmother to your 13 year old little cousin can use the social web. Based off a survey conducted by Pew Internet Project’s research related to social networking, as of December 2012, 67% of online adults use social networking sites (Brenner, 2013). Still with such a great portion of adults using the social web, the fact that privacy is an issue may deter individuals from constantly using it. “Computers are collecting a vast amount of information on most people in the world. Data such as what books people check out at the library, food purchased at the grocery store, clothing bought online, phone calls made and the duration, medical histories, tax and educational records, and more are all stored in a computer somewhere. While there are important laws that prevent access and dissemination of this information beyond the person for whom the data is intended, these securities can be compromised by hackers”(Bowles, 2013). Even though when using the social web your privacy is at risk , social web is making communication and the sharing of information easier because the use of social web allows information to be spread fast and fluent and the development of social media transformed interpersonal communication.
When individuals engage in the use of the social web they must understand that their privacy is put at risk. In Scott McNealy’s statement "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it," he is basically telling us social web and privacy just do not correlate. What I agree with most about McNealy’s statement is that, when it comes to the internet, we don’t possess the privacy we think we do, if we...