Reading Response 4 | Celina Laurette

If I were to give a speech about the state of computer technology today that would be read by someone 25 years from now I think the first issue I would talk about would be online privacy. I would discuss the recent changes that have taken place and their implications and the effect they had on changing the way my generation views social media, the Internet, and government security. For the first time, my generation is experiencing a (although microscopic, but still surprising given the popularity and socializing aspects of such platforms) migration from Facebook and other social media sites and apps. The people were outraged when they found out that Facebook owns the rights to the photos you post. They were horrified to learn that the fine print of the Facebook messenger user terms of agreement included unauthorized use of one’s microphone and phone camera. Employers have started to hire and fire based on the shit that you put and say online, the horror!



Ironically, we use computer technology to get to know someone just as much as we do to judge them. Take Tinder, for example, or any other dating/coitus app/website/service in existence. There are even websites that exist exclusively to help families in India arrange marriages. I predict this trend of using computer technology as a counter-productive crutch for social interaction will only continue to flourish over the next 25 years.


Generating matches ?

I would also add that the nature of online art is relatively free of policing and regulation, for the most part, at least in Canada. I predict that this current state of freedom of posting will no longer be so in 25 years time. Lately, Instagram has been controversially censoring and removing photos from users accounts at an alarming rate and with increasingly inconsistent standard of photos which are and are not fit for the Instagram world. I predict that more and more sites and technologies will be built to automatically censor and delete files, posts, and works that fail to meet “community guidelines”.



Online art will certainly look very different in 25 years time from now.


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