We’ve had all these statutes protecting information about people: financial, medical, and the like, in the name of protecting their “privacy”. But I’ve always known there are TWO kinds of privacy. And Jeffrey TooBin has just illustrated the difference.
It was only a matter of time before something like this happened! The kind of privacy I’m talking about is the basic knowledge we all have, even though we very seldom talk about it: Everybody does certain things we don’t want anybody else to SEE us doing. Solitary pleasures: picking our noses, scratching our asses, urinating and defecation, and: masturbating. Fiddling with our privates is, indeed, the final bastion of privacy.
In Dave Eggers ’ great book the Circle, which I heartily recommend, The stalwarts of the company representing a thinly disguised Google live by the slogan: Privacy is Theft. People go “transparent” meaning everything they do, all day and night long, is live-streamed to..millions. The one exception is they may turn off the camera when they go to the bathroom. I really dk why stop there.
Notice Toobin isn’t apologizing for exposing himself, nor for beating off in front of the world. Smart guy! The time will catch up with him. At the rate things are going, by next month everybody will feel free to emulate him. Zoom zoom!