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Thread: why do we need privacy?

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    Tier 1 Member Array LunaLuminosity's Avatar
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    Concerning the privacy of information, I keep a tiny bit of things secret from some people for my safety. Letting random people know things such as my address or safe lock or whatever could lead to my shelter being destroyed or my money for buying food to be stolen....
    Other than for my security needs, I don't understand why people would keep information private either. If someone wants to know I can say most things someone wants to know and it doesn't hurt me.

    But privacy in terms of being alone... I just need that because people sometimes drive me crazy and don't let me focus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velocity View Post
    why do we have "public lives" and "private lives?" is it something about the way society is constructed (normative, so we play by the rules) and/or is there something about the very nature of the human animal to always have some part of itself hidden (to escape control, avoid judgment, or to wield power, etc)? does anyone here live a completely "open" life and has no problem talking about any action? is this a cultural construct? what are is the role of privacy in sociality? also, what are the roles/functions of secrets?
    People have private lives for the same reason that priest have difficulty keeping their hands off the altar boys.

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    I have a hard time working out my relationship with privacy, to be honest. I will share most anything in a setting like this, where there is a degree of anonymity. And in a setting without anonymity I will share as much as I think the group would be comfortable with me sharing. (Open-book policies freak a lot of people out.) Beyond that, I keep things private for the benefit of the other people in my life--I try to strike a balance between honesty and privacy when I talk about my marriage here, out of respect for my husband. His sense of privacy is greater than mine and it would not be okay to violate that because I'm more willing to share than he is.

    I need time alone much moreso than I need privacy. I'll tell anyone anything, just about, but only in short bursts of togetherness. (The exception being my husband--being with him is only marginally less "alone" than being truly alone, which is how I know he's my perfect match.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    ...I always wondered what society would be like if we always knew exactly what everyone else was thinking.
    It's relevant to post what I need to say here!... I believe there has been a breach of trust within the "MadMin Collective"... I've had a B & E in my PM box and had a message to another member altered, which is an invasion of privacy.

    Why the intrusion?:steam:
    ... They say that knowledge is free, and to truly acquire wisdom always comes with a price... Well then,... That will be $10, please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    ...I always wondered what society would be like if we always knew exactly what everyone else was thinking.
    better than wondering what society would be like if we knew what everyone else looked like naked

    but why privacy? because other people are creepy and judgemental and will either creep on you or judge you if they know all about you
    Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom? -Terry Pratchett

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oeufa View Post
    I always just assumed privacy was a survival instinct. If you told people your weaknesses you could be exploited and killed.
    Yeah I think this is a good point...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Privacy is only a recent invention. For 200,000 years we lived in earshot of one another in tribal vilages. But with the invention of the printing press in 1440, the dream of univeral literacy was born and has only been realised recently in the West and developed countries.

    And as you notice, we read a book alone, silently in private. In fact the carrels you find in your library are there to give us silence and privacy.

    But the invention of the electric telegraph in 1840 put an end to all that.

    For the electric telegraph led to the electric telephone, the electric radio, the electric television and the electric internet.

    Ask not for whom the phone rings, it rings for thee.

    And so the electric Typology tribe was born in the global village.

    We are now all in electric earshot of one another just like a tribe in a village.

    And privacy has come to an end. In fact the private bedroom has come to an end, as almost all of us here have the internet live in our 'private' bedrooms.

    But of course we drive forward looking in the rear vision mirror at privacy, while the global village rushes towards us through the windscreen.

    We can only see our private self through the rear vision mirror, but we can see the whole electronic tribe of Typology through the windscreen.

    And if you haven't noticed, the windscreen is the screen in front of us at this very moment.

    And it is momentous.
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    This will not end well...
    But it will at least be poetic, I suppose...

    Hmm... But what if it does end well?
    Then I suppose it will be a different sort of poetry, a preferable sort...
    A sort I could become accustomed to...

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    Believe it or not, I really have no secrets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagnificentMind View Post
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    "MM - telephone - it's for you".

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