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Turn Around! Big Brother Is Watching You Read This!!

As you read these words, have you considered the possibility that Big Brother government is leaning over your shoulder to read what you read and make note of what you read or send?Millions of people in the United Kingdom who use social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace might soon have their every visit recorded in the big book of the government in order to continue the search for terrorists, or at least the search for subversives who for some reason do not agree with the government. British Ministers have aroused a storm or protest over their plan to store information about every phone call, email land internet visit. Vernon Coaker, the Home Office minister disclosed that social networking sites could be forced to retain information about the users’ web-browsing habits.

After all if we are really serious about dealing with terrorists and bad people and God knows who else who does not fit our definition of being a “nice person” isn’t it about time we really got serious about searching. I hear there are also plans to have the Home Office monitor when and for how long people go to the toilet in order to develop a “Shit Index” which would provide precise data on how long people are on the toilet shitting instead of checking their homes and streets for terrorists.

Gee, I wonder what the Government will do with all those Valentine Day messages–store them in order to develop a “love talk index?” We need more data, the more data one has, the more one can defeat terrorism.

First British Cyber Bullying Trial

A housewife who created a phoney MySpace account that she used to send hostile emails to a neighbor’s 13 year old girl was charged with cyber-bullying that resulted in the young girl’s killing herself. Lori Drew is charged with posing as a fictitious 16 year-old boy named, “Josh Evans,” as part of a plot to establish a friendship with the vulnerable girl who had a history of depression and was being subjected to bullying at school. Ms. Drew used the MySpace account to “tease, embarrass, humiliate, make fun and hurt” the girl who was suicidal and boy crazy. She even told the girl “the world would be a better place” without her presence.

The sick Ms. Drew established the MySpace account because she thought Megan Meier was spreading false rumors about her own daughter. Ms.Drew justified her behavior on the basis that, “as a mother, you have to protect your daughter.” Her lawyer argues people constantly create false identities and the jury should not learn about the 13 year-old girl’s death.

Facebook-MySpace Hit With Email Virus

A virus has been infecting popular social networking sites MySpace and Facebook according to tech experts. On Facebook, the virus is causing email message to be sent to people on “friends” lists asking them to watch a video supposedly on YouTube. A user has to download what purports to be a plug-in to watch the video. The plug-in is actually a virus. The emial appears to come from a friend. According to tech expert Marc Saltzman, “even when you go to the fake site, it has their name and profile picture right on the site, so you really believe it.” The virus is effecting many sites among Canadian users. “To the best of my knowledge,” says Saltzman, “we haven’t really seen a Facebook virus of this magnitude yet.”

We inhabit a world in which information is sought by those who either want information for the sake of entering the lives of other people or information which can allow one to enter the lives of unsuspecting people. In that sense, the virus is merely an old human desire masked in new clothes of technology.

Facebook Can Damage Careers!

In an interesting article appearing in the June 25th edition of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, issues concerning how Facebook can impact the lives of teachers was reviewed. It is increasingly quite common for employers to review Facebook listings by prospective employees, and this apparently is now becoming a practice followed by school districts prior to hiring a new teacher. Lynn Gebel, who will begin teaching this year, took off many items on her Facebook account, because ‘I didn’t want administrators to see anything” they would dislike. Teachers are growing aware their own students can access Facebook accounts and a photo of the individual in a provocative pose will shortly be distributed around the school.

Jacquie Shipma of the Missouri NEA, says “I tell them if you printed out everything that’s on your page and everything that is accessible from your page would you be comfortable with that being taped to your classroom door?” Across the country there have been many examples of teachers losing jobs due to MySpace or Facebook materials. A Colorado English teacher lost her job because of sexually explicit poetry on her MySpace site.

There are also examples of students posting materials about teachers such as placing the head of a teacher on a nude body or taking a picture of a teacher who is bending over and posting it online.

The new world of MySpace and Facebook offer many exciting opportunities as well as troublesome issues.