Irecently read else where that U.S. President Barack Obama warned a few of the high school students that they should avoid posting stupid comments on the popular social networking website Facebook. As reported by Economic Times, Obama said that the potential employers could be scrutinizing these social networking websites for background information.
Intimidating kids about recklessly using modern technology at an Arlington, Virginia school, Obama held, “First of all, I want everybody here to be careful about what you post on Facebook, because in the YouTube age whatever you do, it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life. And when you’re young, you make mistakes and you do some stupid stuff.”
This warning came straight to the kids from Obama who himself has many a times been a victim of ruthless Internet. In fact his 2008 election campaign was flabbergasted by YouTube content, which featured seditious past speeches by his former Pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright. While his statement that a few Pennsylvanians turn acrimonious and as a result, resort to guns and religion due to loss employment, which he made at a private fundraiser, was presented in a negative way on the Huffington blog.
But I wonder , how would the world function in the absence of computers and Internet at a time when the two have made the world a Global Village? The virtual world created by the Internet in almost everyone’s life is personal yet public.
What I am concerned about is who will set the limit of information revelation/sharing online, beyond which the online content moves out of a user’s personal space- on highly impersonal and candid Internet- becoming quiescently or actively jeopardizing for the user…..
By Nisha Bhatia
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