March 24th, 2006

somber

Public Service Announcement, a.k.a. Rant

The following rant is not against LiveJournal - on the contrary, I love LJ.
This is actually intended to hopefully turn on a little light bulb above the heads of a few naïve LJ'ers ...and I'm especially concerned about those under 14, but not exclusively... who air a little too much dirty laundry, or are blithely posting under the mistaken impression that certain people will never read it. You guys have got enough issues to contend with in life. LJ, as with all online folderol, is not a right - it's a privilege. Even for me.

Yes, I am aware of the chance my own husband may someday be told about certain posts. The eppylover is living on the edge. ;P

blog/journal privacy is a mythAfter all, everything blogged on the 'net is public fodder. It is. Some people are actually stupid enough to believe the idiotic "this is my journal and you have no right to snoop into it" theory (yeah, sure, we're all on the honor system here, dumbasses) ... and there are even the few, the proud and the ignorant who post intimate details for their eyes only... which exhibits a lack of forethought to begin with... but on top of that, they don't even make their journals (so-called) "private." Reminiscent of the 60's adolescents with the little flimsily-locked diaries kept hidden under mattresses. A big difference: we were living with the danger of our parents (or worse, our little sibling, hee) discovering and reading it - and *facepalm* you guys are exposing yourselves to the entire world.

Even if it's made "private," there are ways, yes there are, to read these entries. Collapse )

Granted, most parents are computer-illiterate knobs; however, unless they're total morons (the type who couldn't figure out Tab A into Slot B equals You), they would surely have the ability to ask around at work or church or the grocery store and find an internet mavin; or at least a shlemiel with enough web knowledge to get the job done for them. They simply scroll to the bottom of each LJ page for the "Privacy Policy," send the required snail-mail, and voilà! they've got not only full access to reading everything you've written, but also full use of your journal.

I would assume that all online blogs and journals have a similar government-mandated policy. Depending on circumstances and the pressure applied to the provider - and the circumstances wouldn't have to be too crucial - I imagine any journal/blog provider would open access to a parent even if their child wasn't a minor - if the child was still living with them.

Mama Eppylover is only asking that you consider any future complications from your present actions. ♥
You now have my permission to cast your eyes upward and mutter, "asdfghjkljklsjaklsalf*k!"