The gathering of historical data is far easier now with the technology that we have. Unless the digital era crashes or is destroyed in a way that computer technology can no longer exist. Historians can obtain information without leaving their seats, in a matter of seconds. No dusty books, that hopefully is in a readable condition. No documents that can’t be preserved. Information is sent quickly, gathered fast. Making it easier to do research.
Reading the article on the archiving of every public tweet actually gave me chills. We use the Internet for so many different things, that to know that the pictures posted on facebook are no longer yours or that google saves all your searches, and that a tweet stating that ” I’d sleep with my dentist, because he is so hot”, or “I can’t wait till I can eat a bunch of small animals for Thanksgiving”, is locked away somewhere is uncomfortable. Some time capsule that is! To imagine that, that’s going to be something that historians will use to study the era that I live in doesn’t sit well with me. I really don’t want to be remembered that way.
Honestly, I have some major privacy concerns. It’s one thing to collect data so that you can return to a certain time period, and discuss these historical evidences with the future generations, to better our world. It’s another not to give people the choice to opt out or better yet, to ask if you can use their belongings. Honestly, if I knew that Facebook was going to have the rights to my pictures, I would not have joined or posted any up. Also, I don’t believe most of the entries from twitter should be saved, a lot of these things are just a waste of digital space.
Where else the information of the wiki-leaks are so controversial, that the government is upset that these “confidential” documents were leaked. What makes them so special, or exempted from disclosure? If “We the people” can’t keep small secrets or even pictures for ourselves, what makes it okay for “Our government” to keep large ones from us? It has to be a balance. I feel that the leaks were wrong, because they may have been obtained illegally, but it shows that all things are being collected in this large pool, whether anyone likes it or not. That the internet is going to continue to provide the best and worst collection of information… no matter what!
We live in a world where the internet allows no doors to be closed because of it’s vast collection of human knowledge. It would be nice to know that there is some privacy left. That there are still some things that are not obtainable through the strokes of a few keys. Yet, I think those days are numbered.