Although I’ve heard the term metadata before, it wasn’t until Jill’s Geek it On class, that I had a broader realization of the word. The word always seemed big and scary, like I was missing the main point. However, it really is very easy. Overall, data is being utilized for more data. No matter what URL you type into your search bar, or anchor text you use on your blog, all that information is stored into analytics creating a world of data that invades your privacy. The bottom line is, there is nothing you can do.
With that, I’ve come to the conclusion that our life on the internet, the digital footprint we leave is all part of the Big Brother. And no, I’m not talking about the hit TV show. Constant eyes are on us and there is nothing we can do.
As Big Brother has always been one of my favorite shows and I without a doubt always look forward to it every summer, the we leave a digital footprint, really does constitute the term Big Brother. No matter what we do, or how much we try to stay private, we can’t. Just like in George Orwell’s, “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, everyone is under complete surveillance. In the digital world we live in, it’s the same.
We once lived in a world where analog was the only thing we used. Not so much in my time, but cassette players and even CD’s controlled the way we listened to media. These were the days of analog media. As the 2000’s neared around and the world-wide web became a huge phenomenon, digital media became a new option. It was easier and more accessible to view everything all through a digital device, one that allows you to be on the go. And if you’re smart and sneaky (also, aren’t afraid to go to jail) it can be free.
However, with this new phenomenon comes a price. With everything we do and the information we put in being stored and somehow used to an advantage, we aren’t allowed privacy. Big Brother is everywhere around us and we have no way of escaping. At least in the analog media days we could purchase a cassette, put on our headphones, listen to that new Miley Cyrus hit and escape the world. However now, that’s not the case. You can still listen to Miley’s new hit, but guess what, someones watching your searches, your keywords and even the amount of times you jam out.
In Jill’s class on Tuesday, we read the articles from NYTimes and The Guardian and both offered great points. As I’ve always been careful of the fact that everything is recorded, hence my thoughts on the Big Brother, it does make me more concerned as to what I’m actually searching on the internet. Will that ultimately come to hurt me and if it does, how is it fair? I want to make it as news anchor, but will anything I search end up hurting me? It’s extremely scary, especially with high dreams for myself. I feel like if I need to know anything I should just pick up an old dictionary and that is sad, especially with all this great technology.