Is privacy the new taboo?

I’ve been online now for just over 5 years. Recently I accidentally found the first video I made of myself, where I self-consciously wondered whether the information broadcasting movement I was about to join had any relevance, or whether it was a half-witted attempt to engage in broader but seemingly disconnected discourses, as half-witted as the information selected for the Voyager time capsule meant for both future generations and extraterrestrials, now spinning around in outer space.

No, I am not going to share it. Too much information.

My blog is again disconnected. I’ve effectively shut down the communication overload that was making me spend more time than I could afford or than was good for me on the internet. Other bloggers are doing similar things it seems, as many networks with their own channels have formed. Facebook is the new general watering hole, and that too will need reducing. Facebook is scary. And that’s me saying it, someone who has shared domestic scenes and childhood memories on her professional blog. It’s the interconnectedness of everything that is so disturbing. It costs the wrong kind of time to keep up, and makes finding things so easy for the wrong kind of people.

I just watched the film on the Anonymous movement and am really somewhat taken aback by the extreme change in attitude that seems to have developed not only among hackers, but among many young people in general that the public has the right to know pretty much anything at any time, certainly about people with any kind of social or economic or political power. It used to be that you had to understand history to understand the now in perspective. I studied history for that reason. Today, history is history. Recently, the loud and pervasive advice to normal people who venture online is: forget privacy, you’ve long lost it. So it seems the only protection against privacy invasion is not to be interesting.

For everyone else, privacy is the new taboo.

Links about Anonymous:

Hey, this is just the beginning

Found on Gavin Dudeney’s blog.

These kids are a lot more technophile than my adult students. And they have a lot more time on their hands to play with technology. And yet here I am, repeating my invitation to you, hoping to find adults learning English who are willing to share their thoughts online in blogs and other media. Online skills – and English skills – are not kids’ stuff. Those kids will be adults in 5-10 years. This is where we’re going. Most of the people I’ve been talking to about this EFL blog group project say they’re too busy. Pity. It would be fun if you went with me.

Starting an EFL blogging group

Are you feeling clueless about what a blog is and how to set one up to become part of the Island Weekly blogging project group? I’ve made a video for you.

Set up your blog here: or here:

If you’d like to see what a Posterous blog looks like, have a look at mine: With Posterous, you don’t even have to set up your blog. Just post an email to The subject line (Betreffzeile) will be the title, and the text will be your post. After you have sent off your first email you will get an email from Posterus asking you to “claim the site”. Follow the link and give your blog a name.  Posterous asks you to use your name, but instead you can use any name, so instead of “annehodgson” just give your blog an imaginary, imaginative name.

After your first post and claiming your blog, you always post to Posterous by sending an email to That automatically posts to your own blog, and you get a confirmation email with the link. It doesn’t get any simpler than that!

“EFL” stands for “English as a foreign language”. I’d be especially pleased if people who are working on their English would join our group.

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