A bit like my post the other day about fake news being a good thing, the current brouhaha about what Facebook does with our data is also a good thing. While it surprises me the degree to which people appear not to have realised what was going on, it is a good thing that they are finally waking up.
I have often said that the internet is a mirror, showing us a reflection of our nature, warts and all. Sometimes that mirror is going to be deliberately distorted, like those old mirrors at funfairs.
When it is, so long as we know it is happening, we don’t need to get literally “bent out of shape” about it. We can adjust our behaviour, expose the manipulation, and move on.
But we can do none of this if we’ve got our eyes shut!