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  1. You addressed this, but I think it bears repeating.  No need to compare this to rape.  The feeling of being violated is not inherently like being raped.  You could just as easily compare it to being mugged or wire-tapped.  Not upset at you or anything, but just asking that we all have a little perspective around here.

  2. It is best to have a rule that you don't post anything on the Internet that you don't want the whole entire world to know.  Because you aren't just talking among friends, you are posting something on a bulletin board anyone in the world can look at.  Is it a violation of privacy if someone gets the info you post?  Not really.  But is it creepy and disturbing anyway?  Yes!  (I have a very unusual name and one day got an e-mail from some complete stranger with the same name.  My e-mail acct. didn't include my name.  So I freaked out and demanded to know how they got my name, who they were.  Sure, I'd posted my name and e-mail all over the internet in the Dean days. But is still scared me to death.)  Is it a violation if they abuse the info you post?  Hell yes.  

  3. I've posted enough stuff on ET for people to figure out who I am even without posting my name or e-mail here.  I've been on the Internet long enough that if someone were determined to find out the goods on me they easily could.  And given my political activism, my job, my travelling to Russia..., knowing the NSA, they probably have.  

I'd say forget rape.  I think we all have an inkling of what it must feel like to live in the Soviet Union or China, where our actions and words are being monitored by strangers who may not like what we are saying or doing.  

Freaky world we live in these days.  But there are pros and cons to blogging, and the pros are winning out for me at the moment.  Hope you decide it is worth it to stick around.  :)

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:11:06 PM EST

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