Have you been getting the feeling that you need to be very careful what you say online for fear the police or media will take things the wrong way and land you in a load of unnecessary trouble? Especially knowing that what you say will be stored on a big database by your social media provider for years to come, whether in the UK or USA?
Do you feel a constant subtle pressure to make sure that what you tweet, post on Facebook or your blog is positive, constructive and could never be construed as ‘extreme’ left wing or supporting terrorism – for fear the digilantes[*] will come and get you?
In short, have you considered installing a Daily Mail editor in your head?
Well I’ve a word (well, OK, phrase) for this process:
I think it’s a new one. I think it captures the sense of all-pervasive surveillance and the need to be careful what you say about certain subjects, even to your close friends.
Remember, Facebook isn’t private, and its not just the advertisers to get to peek at your conversations.
Update 1: To be fair, Robert Fransgaard blogged about something very similar a year ago, so maybe I can’t claim originality after all. Damn
Update 2: [*] Updated to include a link to Robin Wilton‘s own neologism: ‘digilante’.