Taking back your Digital Life starts with being forgotten.
Content consumers set the pace for the digital world. No longer are people waiting with their hands out for their daily newspaper. Instead, any information a person could fathom is mere seconds and a few finger-clicks away on a mobile phone.
Those information searches can be as wild as What would happen if a Chinchilla ate the universe? to pulling up driving directions to the new neighborhood grocery store.
Gone are the days when large organizations were the gatekeepers for scarce information. In the past only a handful of organizations had the resources to mass distribute (pre-digital) Content. Now, the internet is amazingly dense with Content.
And behind each video, image, or written word is an individual persons unique voice.
Every time we are online, we interact with as many perspectives as there are users online. Content Consumers (basically, any online user) decide what content to consume and when.
People Hold More Power Than Ever
The people decide what content they want to look at. Oh, how the digital tables have turned.
Society’s increasing focus on privacy shows how the major repercussions of ignoring privacy is catching up with us, as seen with recent Facebook charges and new GDPR laws.
Here’s how you can exercise your power as a content consumer. The first step? Taking back your Digital life.
And it starts with being given the power to secure information that could be used to threaten or steal from you.
The right to be forgotten is a data law that allows users to request their information be taken offline.
While social media is all about making a mark, about saying “This is me”, the right to be forgotten is about handing over a different kind of power. It is the assertion of ownership of one’s own identity by refusing to give ownership to the platforms that published the posts.
This shows people are demanding accountability from online companies… and accountability from themselves.
People Are The Content Creators
With all that power, does come a responsibility to others and ourselves.
People are beginning to realize that, above all, they are Content Creators. Anyone online today is an active creator of Content. Not just mere consumers. This is another reason why the power is in the hands of the people now more than ever.
We can keep ignoring this and turning a blind eye, but sooner or later there may be a not-so-distant-future where all your personal data is going to be sold.
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