Save the Robot asks "Why is my Butt Online"
Chris Dahlen, “Save the Robot” columnist for GameSet Watch, was led to contemplate the effects of the internet on our lives and privacy when he discovered a picture (he had taken accidentally) of his butt on the web.
Unlike Dahlen, I’m not one of those guys who has my digital camera synced with the web so every picture I take is immediately displayed for the world. however I do find his points interesting. We are moving towards a society in which our daily lives in infinitely boring detail are post on our blogs for all to see. Records are kept of our pictures, the music we listen to and our favorite contacts so that anonymity is fast becoming a thing o the past.
However, online gaming has yet to get on board with the rest of the internet. We use aliases and avatars in our gaming, and most MMOs don’t make it easy to share details of our online gaming exploits with the world. Although I believe that will change eventually, I’m not sure I’m ready for it to happen. part of the element of play is pretending to be something you aren’t. Revealing too much information about your online persona could take away an element of the fun.
In my alter-ego as an Information Security guy it amazes me how little we value privacy of information and how quickly we surrender it for free Xbox 360′s or 200 MicroSoft points. Then again I record two podcasts every week and freely share details about my gaming and personal life to the world, so maybe I’m no different than everyone else.
via Game Set Watch