A day earlier, we discussed how the internet world had the dilemma of what to consider as norms and what to prohibit to preserve the openness in the internet. This reminded me of my grade seven teachers. Back in 2010, when Facebook was charmingly getting to everyone, two girls from my class created Facebook accounts despite receiving compassionate advice from our teachers against such a move. Of course, they were punished “according” for availing their personal information. They were deemed indiscipline and rebellious.
The fun side, I receive a Friend Request from one of those teachers a few days ago. He also followed me on Instagram, and when I didn’t respond, he texted me on messenger. I was honestly amused by the irony. Here was an adult who tried by all means and ways to protect young people from what he considered evil, now following to the same sword. This makes me reconnect with the members of the Message Group who could not stick to particular standards of electronic mails.
The GINGER command was never a good hack. Keeping the internet open was necessary for its growth. The only way to win the trust of other users and gainfully tap information from them is by engaging fully with them. Providing an avenue to encourage privacy would have been a fall back from achieving what everyone had been resourcing for. I guess the command made the other users believe that someone is hiding something. Thus, they strived to reach the hidden. This encouraged hacking, invasion of privacy, hence the birth of hackers we know today.
I am surprised that the Message Group could not agree on standards for mail handling software, instead they coined cyberbullying through “flaming”. The open criticism on social media and public spaces today may have persisted from 1970’s. As time goes by, I doubt we will achieve uniformity in the digital and technical world. I have a HUAWEI phone, a good one, but I can’t facetime with my friends on Apple platform. This is the mess we are in.
Oh wow, it’s amazing how we are enjoying the fruits of other people actions. We get e-mailed at alarming rates never imagined by the inventors. They and people like Steve Jobs may not be here to enjoy the performance of computers as extensions and supplements of human potential. I wonder for how long we will enjoy e-mailing or getting e-mailed before it being replaced by something intriguing and mind blowing.