When my family moved to New Jersey from the Pittsburgh area back in 1997, one of the first things we did was have our house robbed. I was twelve years old and going into seventh grade. Naturally, losing our matte black Nintendo 64 and two controllers with a joystick and rumble pak expansion capabilities was the only thing worse than having to start over at a new school.
Facebook didn’t exist in 1997, so, lucky for me, I was never in danger of having the person who took my N64 post a picture of themselves flaunting the controller they stole from me on my wall. It’s hard to imagine a scenario that summarizes the effect of the internet on our lives better than this one. Especially since, as NPR reports, the victim was proud of the tight control he had over his privacy settings. It doesn’t matter how restrictive your settings are when someone steals the laptop you were using to access the web.