The Social Media Lynch Mob
It was hailed as the dawn of the ‘Web 2.0’ era. The internet was (again) regarded as humankind’s most significant bastion of free speech and personal expression. What is it becoming? An angry mob of hyper-sensitive, overreactive twitterites who seem hell-bent on breathing new life into the once-distasteful cause known as “political correctness.”
Perhaps the reason why the NSA and other government agencies have gotten away with such blatant invasions of our privacy is because a large percentage of americans have no regard for privacy at all – their own or anyone else’s. What this means is that if some damning piece of personal information about you should get out, even if what you did is perfectly legal, it is your fellow citizens that you should fear – not just the government. Case in point: Brendan Eich and his short-lived tenure as CEO of Mozilla Corporation.