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“Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity."

This strikes me as an extremist viewpoint. Portraying oneself more conservatively in less familiar company is often essential. Indeed, in some cases (private thoughts, for instance) the only appropriate company with which to share is oneself.




First off I doubt Mark Zuckerberg believes that load of crap for a second. Its a red herring. He's trying to sell people on some sort of 'integrity' revolution because profile openness encourages more pageviews, better targeting on ads, increased opportunities for partnerships etc etc.

He's trying to create a debate around the topic as if there's some fundamental change to human behavior occurring here, when in fact nothing has changed, in fact the necessity for privacy has been nothing but reinforced. The irony is he probably has one of the most guarded public vs private personas on facebook. Total BS


> Portraying oneself more conservatively in less familiar company is often essential.

People's reaction to the 'less conservative' aspects of each other would have to change if there was no way of hiding them. It is rather analogous to gay people 'coming out of the closet' and the whole gay rights movement but applied to a whole spectrum of preferences and proclivities. People's prejudices will eventually dissipate, especially when they are most likely 'coming out' in some way themselves. In fact those that genuinely are conservative in every area will probably find themselves in a minority. Of course if people have really bad secrets like they are a wife beater of something then this is unlikely to be accepted and there would rightly be moves to stop that behavior.


> People's reaction to the 'less conservative' aspects of each other would have to change if there was no way of hiding them.

Has this ever happened anywhere? We've already seen absence of privacy in tribal societies, and those are exceptionally bad places to fail to conform. Only cities are large and anonymous enough to allow eccentrics to go unnoticed and thrive, which is what makes cities the wellsprings of prosperous liberal societies.

> It is rather analogous to gay people 'coming out of the closet'

Some of whom were murdered for it. There are still only a few areas (large cities, of course) where they are relatively safe. And it took them two generations just to achieve that!


> Has this ever happened anywhere?

Probably whenever significant technological/social change occurs.

> We've already seen absence of privacy in tribal societies, and those are exceptionally bad places to fail to conform. Only cities are large and anonymous enough to allow eccentrics to go unnoticed and thrive, which is what makes cities the wellsprings of prosperous liberal societies.

I think you could argue this in many ways. Are you arguing that increased privacy played a role in the development of civilisation? It's in interesting idea but I don't see much supporting evidence.

> Some of whom were murdered for it. There are still only a few areas (large cities, of course) where they are relatively safe. And it took them two generations just to achieve that!

Should we go back and stop it?


Sure, and if we all walked around naked all the time we'd rapidly grow accustomed to not being able to hide our nakedness. But I still don't wanna walk around seeing penises everywhere.

Not knowing stuff is vital to professional relationships. If I go to see a surgeon I don't want to see a compete record of all the stupid things he did while drunk at university. For that matter I don't want my children someday to see all the stupid things I did while drunk at university.


You wanna ban people from putting their penis of Facebook? I think they already do this.

> If I go to see a surgeon I don't want to see a compete record of all the stupid things he did while drunk at university.

If it's irrelevant then it's spam. If it's relevant then it's useful. I'd want whatever data could help me make the best decision regarding surgery.


Isn't this how people in the public eye have historically managed their privacy — the public/performer persona and the private individual?




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