Looking under what rises to the top: personal information in online searches

By Andy Oram
December 10, 2008 | Comments: 1

The search for self remains a powerful force, driving the flood of social networks, microblogging, and the posting of photos and videos to the Web.

The urge toward self-definition exerts itself also when we search for information on other people--and that's where it becomes a problem.

A survey whose results were released today by the The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy shows that a large percentage of teens and young adults create sexually suggestive photos and text messages--and send them around to others rather promiscuously.

It is no longer an option to ignore the Internet. Therefore, we must use the information with discernment. This mandates us to empathize with the reasons people put information online, and then to adapt our ways of viewing it:

Looking under what rises to the top: personal information in online searches


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What the hell has the "search for self" got to do with puerile vanity web posts?

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