A woman named Kirsten decided to look into the legality of Pinterest. After all, she's a lawyer with a passion for photography. What she found scared her so much, she shut down her Pinterest boards entirely.
There's been a ton of articles about Pinterest and the vast possibilities of the service, sharing your interests and inspirations, commercial use and what have you -- and it only proves the fact that we love to get connected with new and existing 'friends' and share stuff that somehow gives us a profile, identity, indication of who we are and what interests us. We truly live in a narcissistic society where it is all about being seen and getting some attention, mostly based on other peoples creativity and knowledge. Don't get me wrong -- I do it myself, but I'm getting more and more aware of the complications and consequences that might come in the aftermath of our desire to overshare anything and everything. We are losing perspective of what is OK and not, being overshadowed by the drive of getting attention by gathering stuff to show how 'interesting' we are.
One might draw parallels to the tobacco industry or even the drug cartels -- being simply the provider of the services -- not forcing anyone to use them, but really happy that they have people that are users and 'addictives' -- since it is their means of making money. I know it's an extreme parallel, but given the worst-case scenario, it might have severe results for the person that was only trying to build a cool and interesting online-persona by sharing content.
I don't know where this might lead, but I'm certain there will be some cases in the future that will force some kind of protection and responsibility placement to companies and services like Pinterest and others.
It only proves the necessity to be more aware of what we become an active part of and the consequences it might bring.
What are your thoughts?
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