Agreed -- you should never take comfort in a robust system when you're expendable by design. Network theory, especially as it pertains to the internet, actually has very little relevance to the realities and vulnerabilities of our actual, everyday use.
This global/personal discrepancy has bearing on privacy issues as well... Shirky used to hold up this idea of "the privacy of the mall" as a de facto anonymity for the long-tail, everyday-drama bloggers. But I always argued that any such privacy disappears the second someone puts your name into Google's search field. My entire life could get fucked while the big picture still looks lily white.
B W S |
August 3, 2006 10:27 AM
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