First off, to everyone who knows me: This wasn't my story submission
OK, now that's out of the way, I suffer from a related, but not quite so bad situation:
I'm pretty much the only Erik Trimble on the Internet (that's not true, but close enough).
Google me, and 90% of the first 100 returns point to me, in some way or not (FYI - the MySpace
page for "leathercladdemon" isn't me. Really.) There's nothing bad there, it's just
that my life has evolved, and having absolutely all of it retained and searchable over the past 20 years
allows people to draw incorrect assumptions about me.
This is all the privacy problems that the current young generations seem to be
completely oblivious to, and that pundits like to ignore. People's perceptions of you matter,
as much as we'd like to think otherwise. That doesn't mean it has to rule your life, but
to think that such perceptions don't matter is foolish. The problem with retaining all this
data out in the open is that it seriously harms the ability of people to change. And we
want people to change. Lots of Very Bad Things happen to society if we forbid
people (either legally, or de facto) from changing their paths in life.
For just a minor example, look at what being convicted of anything does to one's entire life.
It's not good to have complete personal transparency.
I don't have a solution. At least not a simple one. But it needs to understood
by everyone that it IS a problem.