March 29th, 2009


Privacy vs. Social Expectations, in particular to LiveJournal

Some people prefer to be as near to anonymous as possible while on the internet. While the technical nature of the internet and LiveJournal in specific do not mean that we have to give many kinds of personal information, there is a certain amount of social expectation for certain information. However, expectation of information is not entitlement to that information, and should never be mistaken for it.

If you don't personally provide this information on LiveJournal, this is not to say that you're wrong in any way for not doing so. There are literally as many ways to use LiveJournal as there are users of it. If it is technically possible, not against the Terms of Service, and not against the local rules of the places you are operating in (such as communities or the journals of others), you are not Doing It Wrong. (Communities and other users have ways of enforcing behavior in their areas, up to and including removal from the friendslist and banning.) (For those new to this party, I've a previous essay on a few of LJ's Social Rules for interaction.)

This is not a how-to guide or an attempt to prescribe the behavior of others on LiveJournal. Rather, please consider this a resource on some of the likely effects of exercising assorted areas of internet privacy. Each person's privacy needs are different. Each social group's reaction to different exercises of privacy may be different as well, so this essay cannot be considered definitive. While I attempt to observe large parts of LiveJournal as raw information to draw my conclusions from, things may be done differently in parts of LiveJournal that I've never stumbled upon.

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Nine Things about Oracles

Nine Things about Oracles

1. Her sister played at sending her into trances and asking what she saw there. Then the things she saw happened.
2. At first, it took three hours past her bedtime and five cups of coffee to go back there.
3. The first deck of cards folded into her hands so naturally.
4. She didn't mean to invade anyone's privacy. She'd just been asking some questions, and the deck was answering them.
5. She tried reading from a pack of children's illustrated flash cards as a joke. They started out laughing. They weren't laughing by the time the reading was over.
6. It took an effort to stop seeing the answers to questions she didn't know she was asking when she walked onto the bus or opened a book.
7. Once she lost her favorite deck of cards. She was upset until she realized that she didn't need them anymore.
8. She never remembered what she said when she read to someone else. It was between them and the universe.
9. "And what do you do?" "I tell the truth."

Inspired by elisem.
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15 tweets for 2009-3-29

In the last 24 hours, I posted the following to Twitter:
  • Sunday, 0405: Have achieved a decadent dessert, though I'm not sure what I'd call it: heated cream cheese, added sugar, heated, added chocolate, swirled.
  • Sunday, 0411: @semanticist Mwah! It is a really useful little script!
  • Sunday, 0537: @dduane Good to see you back, and best wishes on the backlog.
  • Sunday, 0539: @thatjohn I see what you mean! Though one could argue that they mean "he looks just like his mom". But still.
  • Sunday, 0556: That which I said about the rosary in that file is still holding true. I think it's one of the most true things I've said so far this year.
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