Sunday 23 July 2017

Medb Ruane: If you thought 'The Truman Show' invaded a man's privacy, it has nothing on the internet

Jim Carrey's character was prophetic in The Truman Show 12 years ago. The world was warned when the cynic Christof spoke the chilling truth: "We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented."

If the movie was remade for 2010, they'd have to fix the line. New technologies are forcing us to think twice about reality, whatever that is, especially now, when even Google Chief Eric Schmidt is warning the global online community about the dangers of "over-sharing".

Over-sharing isn't about generosity. It's a splashing of eggs, grit and cascades of indelible embarrassment over Generation Facebook's cheeks. Not only them. Everyone who puts personal information up online loses ownership and control instantly. As Buzz Lightyear might say (if he was a Dub), you're bollixed for infinity and beyond.

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