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.
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.