The Onion’s latest “report” on Facebook — it’s a massive online surveillance initiative run by the CIA with Mark Zuckerberg as the lead agent on the program — is equal parts hilarious and alarming.
While making fun of Facebook users’ willingness to divulge personal email addresses, photos of themselves, religious and political views, “where I’ve been” maps, and birth dates, the Onion jokingly reports the government agency as saying, “It’s truly a dream come true for the CIA” and it’s “the reason we invented the Internet.”
For the first time, I felt like a complete idiot for giving away all my information online. Even if it is restricted to my “friends.” It started so innocently as a way to see which classes my college buddies were taking (remember that?) and a way to share photos. Since then it’s become a diary, passport, and criminal file all wrapped into one personalized url.
It’s not enough to make me stop sharing my life on the Internet, but the jab about Al-Qaeda developing Foursquare as a method to find popular locations for bombing was not quite as easy to brush off.blog comments powered by Disqus