Just Don't Use It - Really?

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I love this post with a thoughtful look at real names and free software and sites that sign you up free but want your data. Those who advise us, "just don't use it," are missing some of the nuance. Alice Warwick from Social Media Collective looks at what we expect for free, the price of free, and our right to critique free. She writes,

It’s common, and easy, to say “just don’t use it.” There’s actually a term for this– technology refusal– meaning people who strategically “opt out” of using overwhelmingly prevalent technologies. This includes teens who’ve committed Facebook suicide because it causes too much drama; off-the-grid types who worry about the surveillance potentials of GPS-enabled smartphones; older people who think computers are just too much trouble; and, of course, privacy-concerned types who choose not to use Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, websites with cookies, or any other technology that could potentially compromise their privacy.

Read the full post at “If you don’t like it, don’t use it. It’s that simple.” ORLY?

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