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Since when was the internet private?

posted Apr 18, 2013, 6:34 PM by Skyler Kistler   [ updated Apr 18, 2013, 6:42 PM ]
With things like CISPA driving internet activists crazy, I can't help but think internet privacy is a bit of an oxymoron. The internet and computers in general on the surface seem like a way to shut yourself out from the world, a way to hide in your room and escape from your immediate reality. However, anyone who's spent more than a couple hours interacting with new people online knows that this is far from the truth. The internet has never been about privacy, networked computing has never been about privacy. It's about opening ourselves up to each other. The internet and computing was designed to be open, and provide a means of communication unparalleled to anything the human race has ever seen. Tearing down the barriers of 'privacy' (if there ever was such a thing) only further bridges the gap between what sociologists refer to as ideal and real society. We will all soon find that we are more alike than we ever could be different.

Just my two cents.
In other news, I've assembled a long list of things I want in the FS graphics update, but I don't want to spill all of it because some of it might change and I don't want people to be disappointed :) I will say that a new texture pack is in the works, and that I really hope both smoothed blocks (ambient occlusion) and dynamic lighting will be a thing.


edit- Just as a side note, Google should really get their act together and allow public commenting.