yeah, it's a scary world we live in. and yes, that's also one of my concerns. Long after you're dust, the stupid shit you say and do will persist.
I find myself despairing that we'll ever figure out the boundary between my rights and my neighbor's. If i say something racially insensitive and he reacts, where exactly does his rights of response end and mine of a private citizen begin. can he organize his friends to boycott my store? yes. can he organize the town? yes. If he's persuasive enough, can he organize an entire nation to ostracize a single individual? yes, should this be legal? i don't know. Each person is exercising his right of association. Can he bribe everyone to not associate with me if he has enough money? enough influence?
donald sterling and brendan eich, i keep coming back to them again and again when considering this issue. One man loses half a billion dollars ostensibly because of an illegal recording. each and every person was exercising his constitutionally gauranteed rights. The other man loses his job because of a political contribution. again, everyone protesting was perfectly legal in doing so... I don't know how to feel. It feels like persecution.
same with the privacy rights in europe. the right to be forgotten, i am similarly torn between two positions there.