Like Totally, Generation Like

Watching the PBS Documentary Generation Like reminded me of a quote I’ve heard various times throughout my life.  “Those who have known freedom and lost it, have never regained it”

A person’s essence – their thoughts, habits, beliefs and little idiosyncrasies that make them the unique person they are – is extremely valuable, much more than most people ever fully realize.  Yet, for a few lines of code and pixels on a screen, generations of Americans are willing to trade these pieces of themselves.  Exchanging value for something less tangible than dust.

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Once online, these pieces can never be gotten back.  Privacy, once lost can never be fully regained.  Yet, for a like from a stranger who is scarcely thinking while clicking it, has somehow gained value to the point of trading something priceless to get it.  It’s a crazy world.

^RA

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