Maybe I'm just getting old, I don't know.
Or maybe I'm just choosing my battles these days.
I keep reading about Facebooks "facial recognition" page, and for the life of me I can't seem to get worked up about it. Believe me I want to.
It's causing a big stir and I feel left out because I don't get it. People are protesting and the European Union is investigating.
It seems FB is building a data base of facial images. It uses this data base to identify people automatically.
Hmmmm, nope, still not upset.
So now when you upload a photo to FB, instead of you having to type in the name of the person who is in the photo, ( like 1 in 4 people in the world do), FB will automatically recognize that person and do it for you.
Now you have my blood boiling Facebook!
How dare you make my life easier.
I don't understand what they're protesting and investigating.
Is it just ugly people that are upset?
Let's see, people, all on their own, give facebook their pictures, along with info about where they live, what books they read, married or single. "Tell me your interests" asks FB, and people write short novels about their life, giving everything except their credit card info.
We do this voluntarily.
And I'm supposed to be angry because FB is storing my photos?
What did you think they were doing with them?
Nah, sorry, they aren't invading my privacy.
I voluntarily opened the door to my file cabinet at home and invited FB in.
I don't care if they use my pictures.
I get more upset when, for instance, our Government invades the privacy of it's citizens.
Like what happened to Professor Juan Cole. He wrote an influential Blog criticizing the Iraq war. The Bush administration investigated him, trying to collect sensitive personal material, so they could discredit Mr Cole. That's invasion of privacy.
I don't think they found anything, but they tried.
That, I get angry at. That's a battle I'll join.
Facebook, not so much.
I am not trying to pick on the former President, G.W.Bush. Actually I have grown to like him, the more I see him in front row seats of baseball games with his lovely wife.