The Nonbelievers

There are some people in the world who don’t believe in things being permanent. I was looking for my last article for this week’s blog post. Instead of searching for an article that someone wrote, I decided to read through some discussion pages about the idea of permanence. I found a page on Hubpage that linked a long discussion between a few people about their idea of permanence. To be honest with you, I was pretty surprised with what I read. Even though some things aren’t going to stick around forever, I don’t think these people took modern day technology into account.

The opening question for the discussion was, “What do you consider permanent in your life?” The girl posing the question mentioned that it could be related to relationships, beliefs, emotions, and habits. These are not just material things.

The first person to respond to this question quickly replied that nothing in life is permanent. She did bring up an interesting point, stating that “you did not bring along anything when born and will not take along anything from here.” That’s definitely an arguable statement that I don’t necessarily agree with. Although we did come into this world without any material items, we weren’t born with nothing. Each of us were born with parents, a family, nationality, and other things. These ARE permanent. You cannot change your nationality. You cannot change who your parents are or where you were born. Those things will never change. So although this girl did try to bring up a good point. she didn’t necessarily think about non-material things.

Another writer stated that life in general is permanent. This is a really broad answer, and the moderator of this forum immediately rebutted his statement. She claimed that our personal attitudes and viewpoints can always change, which is true. There may be a time when you form an opinion, and have it change within a short period of time. For example, my dad was raised in a Republican family. As he got older, he learned more about politics and formed his own opinion. Now, he is a registered Democrat. There is always an opportunity for a new point of view or change in beliefs.

I actually don’t know what else I would consider permanent, except for what we’ve been talking about on this blog, which is what you submit to cyberspace. I don’t think life is permanent, because we all die eventually. But while we’re here, we can consider some things permanent. Maybe the definition of permanent should be different…

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This whole ‘filter bubble’ idea is weird. I honestly was completely confused at first, because it was a term I had never heard of. I wish the guy speaking in this video has been more outgoing, because the subject is actually very interesting. He needs some pep in his step.

I really don’t like the fact that websites and companies are able to see EVERYTHING. There’s a huge lack of privacy, and although they are trying to be affective and helpful to the technological user, it’s just borderline creepy. Everybody is starting to become more personalized, doing “what we think we want to see.” How do they know what I want to see? Just because I’ve typed something in before? I don’t want to live in a filter bubble. I don’t want people to assume what I like and want to read. That’s all a ‘filter bubble’ seems to be; an assumption.

I think websites are becoming so over the top, and according to the video, are becoming algorithmic instead of using real-life editors. That’s how sites used to be. That’s how they used to be run. Now, everything is lacking true humanity and relying on the advancements of technology. The idea that was discussed in Eli Pariser’s video just really annoyed me. Algorithms are not the same as human thoughts and needs. We need to be able to control what we are seeing, reading, and using. Just because the Internet is advanced, that doesn’t mean it can assume who we are as people.

I believe what he is saying, as Pariser worries about future isolation. But I think we’re already at that point. How many people do you see being isolated because of modern day technology? I think that faster than ever, we are becoming extremely close to living in our own personal online bubbles, which is exactly what a ‘filter bubble’ is. Our ‘filter bubbles’ are made to try and be personalized to us, and end up pushing us away from the real world. This relates to permanence, which is the overall theme of this blog. With the consistent and continuous personalization the web pages and searches we see, the bubbles are going to get smaller and smaller. Eventually, I think we’ll all be stuck. That’ll be permanent.

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Once it’s Out There, ‘Creepy’ Shenanigans Can Happen

We all know by now that whatever is sent through cyberspace, stays there. Our first instinct may be to look back on our past Facebook posts, tweets, Instagram pictures, and YouTube videos to reflect upon our mistakes, cherished memories, and our growth as human beings throughout time. But there are other ways in that we can permanently document ourselves online—banking and shopping online are only a few examples from a long list of servers that lure you into filling out personal information. Let’s face it—all of us have entered this kind of information about ourselves on the Internet in some way or another; and that’s totally fine. It’s not a crime. What is a crime, however, is that there are some people online who know that the Internet is full of secrets and confidential information; and they will do everything in their power to hack into online users’ private files. With our names, addresses, and social security numbers submitted into the Web, we become vulnerable. Although, we may have gained a sexy pair of heels (or a new release of a videogame) out of these situations, we don’t know what could be done with our identities in the process. (Another blog, “Who Knows?” goes further into the subject of privacy). Any one of us can be a victim of hacked information, celebrities included

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On March 12, 2013, a website posted sensitive information of stars such as Jay-Z, Paris Hilton, and Kim Kardashian, as well as government officials including Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. According to the article, “Stars hacked! ‘Secret files’ on celebs leaked online,” “The site did not state how the information was obtained or why the people targeted on the site were selected, describing the records only as ‘secret files’.” Social security numbers, addresses, and credit reports were all recorded on the site. Posted along with their information were “unflattering” photos of the selected celebrities. Andrew Smith, Los Angeles Police Commander, mentions that other “top police officials” have also had their confidential information stolen and posted online before. Smith thinks this that, “People get mad at us, go on the Internet and try to find information about us, and post it all on one site.paris-hilton-best-friend-08

There was no evidence found on who had accessed such private information…but even if there was, would it be that important? The main idea behind this major hacking report is that personal information is confidential for a reason. We need to keep track of where we share our identities online and for what reasons. All too easily, such precious data can be found and taken into the wrong hands. Smith says, “The best word I can use to describe it is creepy.” As much as we think the Internet can protect own data, we need to use caution, because once it’s in there, it ain’t coming out!

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