By Harry Muir
The internet. A service designed to connect people around the world. Everyone uses the internet.
We use it for everything from entertainment to business. We rely on the internet for most things, but let’s be honest, have you ever actually read the terms and conditions of anything, ever?
I know I haven’t. What little secrets are hiding in the terms and conditions? What are we actually agreeing to?
Perhaps a better question is, do we want to know? Would you want to know if a website was tracking everything you did?
Or would you rather just continue to go about your business, oblivious to the analysis of your web searches and conversations?
It’s scary when you think about it, which is why many people choose not to.
It is an issue that has received a lot of attention lately because of its effect on politics, but the breach of privacy goes far beyond that, and was happening long before.
They are tailoring the very nature of what we see, based on what we like.
If we only see what we want to see, and never what we need to see, then we lose touch with reality.
How do we know what is true anymore when the line between fact and opinion keeps getting increasingly blurry? What can we trust?
Maybe it’s up to us to sort out what is real and fake, maybe it’s up to us to seek out the truth, even if it’s not the truth we want to hear.
Maybe it’s time for us to start thinking for ourselves.
The advantages of the internet far outweigh the negatives, but just because something works doesn’t mean it cannot be improved.
Just something to think about the next time you go to click ‘Agree’.
- Harry Muir is in Year 9 at Notre Dame College, Shepparton.